Updated: Monday, 11th December 2017 @ 2:23pm

Rumba in the Jungle: Hyde boxing legend Ricky Hatton to star in Let’s Dance for Comic Relief

Rumba in the Jungle: Hyde boxing legend Ricky Hatton to star in Let’s Dance for Comic Relief

By Ed Owen

Mancunian boxing legend Ricky Hatton will be swapping his gloves for dancing shoes on February 16 to take part in Let’s Dance for Comic Relief.

As a two-time world welterweight champion, Hatton is no stranger to fancy footwork, but usually preferred to let his fists do the talking.

Yet a whole body effort will be needed if the Hitman is to join the pantheon of Let’s Dance greats such as Robert Webb, who wowed Britain with his rendition of Flashdance’s 'What A Feeling' in 2009.

Describing the line-up, presenter Alex Jones said: “We have some of our best comedians as panellists, and an unbelievable line-up of brave celebrities who are all prepared to don their dancing shoes to raise lots of money for this year's Red Nose Day.”

The 34-year-old had a glorious career, assembling a record of 45-2-0 (with 32 KOs) in which he was only beaten by all-time greats Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.

Retiring after suffering a traumatic second-round knock-out to Pacquiao in 2009, Hatton battled with personal demons before attempting a comeback against Belarusian Vyacheslav Senchenko in November 2012.

However, after he was knocked out in the ninth round by the former world champion he retired from the sport.

Hatton now works as a promoter for his own company – Hatton Promotions – and recently announced he was expecting his third child with partner Jennifer Dooley.

But the Hyde-born boxer will need to put all that out of his mind to concentrate on the formidable challenge that is Let’s Dance.

Describing the show, co-host Steve Jones said:  “It's still the most fun I have on TV, so I am ecstatic Let's Dance is back with a host of famous faces along with famous arms, necks, legs and fingers all attempting to dance for our viewing pleasure.”

So while boxing fans have been treated to such delights the Thriller in Manilla in the past, they now look to Hatton to provide the Samba in Salford.

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