Ricky Hatton tops the bill at Shrewsbury sports dinner

Boxing legend Ricky Hatton proved a real knockout when he topped the bill at a Shrewsbury sports dinner.

The ‘Hitman’ enjoyed an illustrious career in the ring, winning 45 of his 48 contests, 32 of them by knockout, as he became light welterweight and also welterweight champion of the world.

Hatton shared stories from his career at an event staged by King of the Ring Sporting Events at Shrewsbury Town’s Greenhous Meadow.

Ryan King, from the organisers, who was delighted to raise just over £1,000 on the night for the Alzheimer’s Society, stressed that Hatton was a big hit with an audience of over 170 guests.

He said: “It was the first sports dinner we’ve held and we were pleased to attract someone as high profile as Ricky Hatton. We’ve had great feedback from guests and they really enjoyed the chance to see Ricky in Shrewsbury instead of having to travel to Manchester or Birmingham. Thanks to everyone who came along and supported the event.

“Ricky spoke well and he was delighted to find out that Ian John-Lewis, a top boxing referee who has taken charge of many world title fights, was sat on the top table with him. Ian refereed some of Ricky’s fights so they really enjoyed catching up.

“The hospitality team at Shrewsbury Town looked after us very well and helped make the night a great success.”

King of the Ring Sporting Events now plan to bring more big names to Shrewsbury for sports dinners and will next present an evening with former two-weight world champion Nigel Benn at the Greenhous Meadow on Saturday, June 10. Standard tickets which include a three-course meal and a top comedian are available now priced £65 by calling 07531 775672.

Pictured: Boxing legend Ricky Hatton shared stories of his successful career at the Greenhous Meadow. Picture by Photocall Events.