Ricky Hatton is all set to make his dance debut on Let’s Dance For Comic Relief this weekend and he thinks he could have a few tricks up his sleeve for viewers.
The boxing champion isn’t known for his rhythm or grace but he certainly looks comfortable in these pictures, choosing himself a pretty tutu from the BBC wardrobe department for Saturday night’s show.
Ricky will be going head to head with EastEnders stars Natalie Cassidy and Dean Gaffney, comedian Tim Vine and funny woman Olivia Lee but he thinks he might have a secret skill up his sleeve.
The burly sports man told The Radio Times:
“In the ring I think my footwork was very underrated. I used to feint then slip to the left, slip to the right in order to find my body shots.
“Let’s see if I can’t bring those moves from the ring to the dance floor!”
Ricky has now retired from boxing and revealed in the interview that he wants to now dedicate his time to being a good father.
Hatton has a son, Campbell, who was conceived after a short reconciliation with ex-girlfriend, Claire. The star has set up a trust fund to make sure his son was always provided for, and sees him every day.
He added to the Radio Times this week: “I want to be the best father I can be. When I was going through depression I nearly lost my family, my girlfriend, my life.
“So being grateful for family is paramount. Being healthy, keeping busy, doing shows like Let’s Dance – all of that will keep them happy.”
Ricky’s been working hard on his routine all week and tweeted yesterday saying:
“@HattonGym with @VinnieWilliams practicing my act for Saturdays @BBCLetsDance.Vote for me on Saturday. Even if you think I’m poo.”
Will you be voting for Ricky on Saturday? Check out one of the best routines from last year’s series and tell us if you think he can match it in the comments section below….