Europa Combat #1 - Hatton vs Barrera - THE HITMAN RISES

Saturday 2nd July 2022

AO Arena, Manchester

6 p.m.

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RICKY Hatton has confirmed his return to the ring - with a fight against fellow boxing legend Marco Antonio Barrera.

The Hitman, 43, has not fought since 2012 but has agreed to an exhibition bout in front of his home city crowd in Manchester, on July 2.

He said: "This is a dream for me. I know my days are numbered but it doesn't matter how old you are, you still have to keep setting yourself targets to get out of bed at four in the morning and train - and that's what I've been doing."

The former two-weight world champion is still a fans' favourite after a memorable career which saw standout victories over Kostya Tszyu, Jose Luis Castillo and Juan Urango.

He also gave Floyd Mayweather Jr a tough fight in a fight which saw 40,000 British fans fly to Las Vegas to cheer him on.

Barrera, 48, will be flying into the UK for a news conference on Sunday lunchtime ahead of the eight-round exhibition bout.

Hatton said: "He's a great friend and neither of us will be taking liberties - but Marco will definitely be coming over here to try to give me a boxing lesson - and that's where the competitiveness will kick in. 

"We'll both be putting on a show for everyone."

MMA stars Dan Hardy, Diego Sanchez will also feature on a celebrity-packed bill which will also feature music from Tion Wayne and Bad Boy Chiller Crew.

Hatton hopes the Hitman Rises party night, in association with mental health charity Andy's Man Club, will lift spirits after the pressures of lockdown.

He added: "It's been a tough time for all of us and I've lost friends through mental health due to COVID.

“Now we've almost come out the other end it's going to be a nice thing to do for the fans - and more like a festival than a boxing show.

“Hopefully it can also show people what they can achieve if they just get off their sofas and put themselves out there."

 

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Manchester's AO Arena, managed and operated by ASM Global, is one of the busiest venues in the world and the largest indoor arena in Europe.

Since opening in 1995, the Arena has hosted the biggest names in live entertainment including U2, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Pavarotti and the record-breaking 2010/2011 residency by local comedian Peter Kay.

In addition to live music, the venue has also staged some of the biggest events in the UK sporting calendar including several 2002 Commonwealth Games' events, the 2012 Olympic basketball warm-up match between team USA and GB, the 2008 FINA World Swimming Championships and international boxing bouts by Mike Tyson, David Haye, Joe Calzaghe and local champions Ricky Hatton, Amir Khan and Anthony Crolla.

The Arena has also played a key part in the city's rich musical heritage with historic shows by local bands Take That, Oasis, Elbow, New Order, James, Happy Mondays, The Charlatans, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, M People, Doves, Inspiral Carpets, The Verve, Simply Red and The Courteeners.

Attracting over one million visitors each year, the 21,000 capacity Arena is a former winner of the industry's prestigious International Venue of the Year award.

In 2020, online electricals retailer AO became the headline sponsor of the Arena. As we welcome back fans and artists from all over the world for our 25th year, we can’t wait for them to be greeted by the famous AO smile.

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Europa Combat #1 - Hatton vs Barrera - THE HITMAN RISES

Saturday 2nd July 2022
AO Arena, Manchester
6 p.m.

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Saturday 2nd July 2022

AO Arena, Manchester

6 p.m.

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Manchester's AO Arena, managed and operated by ASM Global, is one of the busiest venues in the world and the largest indoor arena in Europe.

Since opening in 1995, the Arena has hosted the biggest names in live entertainment including U2, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Pavarotti and the record-breaking 2010/2011 residency by local comedian Peter Kay.

In addition to live music, the venue has also staged some of the biggest events in the UK sporting calendar including several 2002 Commonwealth Games' events, the 2012 Olympic basketball warm-up match between team USA and GB, the 2008 FINA World Swimming Championships and international boxing bouts by Mike Tyson, David Haye, Joe Calzaghe and local champions Ricky Hatton, Amir Khan and Anthony Crolla.

The Arena has also played a key part in the city's rich musical heritage with historic shows by local bands Take That, Oasis, Elbow, New Order, James, Happy Mondays, The Charlatans, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, M People, Doves, Inspiral Carpets, The Verve, Simply Red and The Courteeners.

Attracting over one million visitors each year, the 21,000 capacity Arena is a former winner of the industry's prestigious International Venue of the Year award.

In 2020, online electricals retailer AO became the headline sponsor of the Arena. As we welcome back fans and artists from all over the world for our 25th year, we can’t wait for them to be greeted by the famous AO smile.

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