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Ricky Hatton dances back: boxing legend takes on new challenge in dancing on ice

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Former boxing champ, Ricky “the Hitman” Hatton, laces up for Itv’s dancing on ice amid mental health struggles

In a surprising move, former boxing champion Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton steps into the glittering world of ITV’s Dancing On Ice, determined to showcase a fighting fit spirit after grappling with mental health challenges.

Ricky, who openly discussed feeling suicidal after notable defeats to Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, sees this as an opportunity to embrace life positively. The 45-year-old, now a mental health ambassador, aims to inspire others with his participation in the show.

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Reflecting on his journey, Ricky shares, “A few years ago I wasn’t in a very good place. But since then, everything’s moving forward and positive in my life. When people see me doing positive things like this, because I’m an ambassador for mental health, it’s inspiring a lot of people.”

Acknowledging his initial reservations, Ricky jumps at the chance to be part of the show, stating, “I jumped at the chance, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.” His kids, however, had a humorous warning for him – “Don’t go embarrassing us,” a sentiment that, according to Ricky, “fills you with confidence.”

The upcoming season of Dancing On Ice features a diverse cast, including radio DJ Adele Roberts, who overcame bowel cancer, and former Love Island winner Amber Davies, seeking tips from her Love Islander ex, Kem Cetinay, who made the 2018 Dancing On Ice semis.

The show promises its usual dose of glitter and glam in the costume department, and Ricky remains unfazed, drawing parallels with his boxing attire. He reassures fans, “If you have seen me box, the shorts had sequins and frills on. I always used to come out wearing something wild.”

As the skating stars prepare to dazzle audiences, Ricky Hatton’s unexpected venture into the world of Dancing On Ice adds a unique twist to his already remarkable journey

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