A record-breaking 18,000 tickets were sold for Manchester boxing star Ricky Hatton’s comeback bout – just 48 hours after going on sale.
Hatton’s return to the ring at the Manchester Arena, announced last Friday, is his first fight since his comprehensive defeat to Manny Pacquiao in 2009 and has generated huge interest from around the boxing world.
And the former two-weight World Champion admits he is humbled by the backing of his fans and insists he will repay them in kind with a performance to remember.
“It’s incredible how quickly the tickets have been selling,” said Hatton, who has held belts at light-welterweight and welterweight.
“I want to say a huge thanks to everyone who has supported my return to the ring, whether that’s by buying tickets or by the lovely messages of support I’ve received.
“For so many people, to come out and support me like this, especially in these hard financial times, is absolutely amazing and I’m truly humbled.
“We all need someone to believe in and hopefully I can be that person.”
The demand for tickets on November 24, despite an opponent to yet be named, has surpassed all previous boxing ticket sales records for the venue, including bouts featuring such fighters as David Haye and Mike Tyson.
There will be a 19,000 capacity crowd on the night.