Ricky Hatton gearing up for Strictly?

Ricky Hatton gearing up for Strictly?
Ricky Hatton gearing up for Strictly? (Image credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images)

Ricky Hatton has revealed he is considering competing in Strictly Come Dancing, despite the tight costumes involved. The champion boxer, who announced his retirement from the ring this week, told the Daily Star he has been offered the chance to appear on both BBC ballroom show Strictly and rival ITV show Dancing On Ice, but he's not sure about braving the ice rink. Ricky said: "I've been asked to do the dancing and the skating, but my footwork is not as good on the ice as it is in the ring!" He went on: "I'll pick Strictly on the one condition that they let me wear my gloves! It'll make me feel at home a bit more." The 32-year-old fighter revealed it is not the first time he has been asked to take part in Strictly but, now he's retired, he's willing to give it a go - even though the costumes don't fit his macho style. Ricky said: "A world champion boxer wearing Lycra and sequins - it's not very fitting is it? But if that's what you have to do, I've always been up for a laugh." Fellow boxer Joe Calzaghe took part in the 2009 series, partnering Russian professional Kristina Rihanoff. Strictly Come Dancing returns in the autumn.

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.