Night Of The Fight: Hatton’s Last Stand will run on ITV4 in the autumn and is a raw, at times brutal account of events surrounding his final professional bout in Manchester against Vyacheslav Senchenko.
My comeback was an incredible journey and the boys at Ad Hoc Films have captured the emotion, blood, sweat and tears perfectly. I had demons to fight inside and outside the ring, to get my body back battle-hardened after so many years out, to shed masses of weight and do all this knowing that defeat could send me back to a place that nearly cost me my life. But that emotional night in Manchester made me realise more than winning a boxing match was at stake. This was my redemption. – Ricky Hatton
The film features close-quarters access to Ricky, his team and his immediately family with exclusive scenes from training and ringside on fight night. Cameras are allowed into Ricky’s home, to the dressing room before and immediately after the fight, bringing viewers a unique personal and professional insight into one of boxing’s most colourful characters at a key moment in his life and career.
I’m delighted ITV is giving a television premiere to this unique insight into Ricky Hatton, whose triumphs and personality turned him into a British sporting icon. The levels of access the film-makers have managed to get mean viewers are in for a treat as they see up-close the compelling story behind his return to the ring. – Niall Sloane, ITV’s Director of Sport
The documentary’s release coincides with the publication of Ricky’s new autobiography by Pan Macmillan publishing. The ITV4 programme will be produced by Ad Hoc Productions whose previous work includes the Grierson Award-shortlisted documentary The Four Year Plan, which went behind the scenes at Queens Park Rangers.