Former world champion Ricky Hatton has become a Lord after his other half bought the title over the internet.
Proudly showing off his new honor, with tongue firmly in his cheek. The ‘Hitman’ is now Lord Richard Hatton of Hougun Manor.
A certificate presented with the purchase, which costs between £24.95 and £36.95 at lordtitles.co.uk, confirmed it.
“This certificate asserts the legal right to assume the honorific title ‘Lord Richard Hatton of Hougun Manor’,” read the document.
“Furthermore, Lord Richard Hatton shall be assigned dedicated land within the Hougun Manor Estate, Cumbria, England.
“Duly registered and validity existing under the laws of England.”
Hatton (📸 @HitmanHatton) announced how he acquired his new-found aristocracy.
“My girlfriend Charlie has bought me a 5ft square piece of land in Cumbria. It officially entitles and allows me to refer to myself as LORD RICHARD HATTON. #nojoke what a star she is. He he,” said the one-time super-lightweight king.
Back in the UK following his exploits in Los Angeles, Hatton was a much-praised part of Tyson Fury’s comeback team.
Drafted in as corner second, Hatton worked alongside Ben Davison. In the Staples Center fight, Fury almost secured one of the greatest returns to the heavyweight ranks of all time.
Up on the scorecards heading into the final round, Fury was dropped heavily by Deontay Wilder. He somehow got up but was held to a draw with the judges.
A rematch between the pair is set to happen in 2019. Hatton is expected to return to duties with Fury and Davison.
Freddie Roach, brought in as cutman, will not be invited back after comments in the aftermath.
Roach criticised Davison’s tactics just days after the fight. This was despite heavy praise from the majority of the boxing community.
Speaking to Fox, Roach also said he’d be open to take a more senior role in Fury’s corner in the future.
“If he was more offensive, yes. He did hurt him a couple of times,” answered Roach to the question posed by Kristine Leahy on an episode of Fair Game on FS1.
“I was disappointed he didn’t get a chance to finish him. Ben gave the same advice to the 126 pound fighter (Isaac Lowe) in the first fight of the night, that he gave to the heavyweight fighter (Tyson Fury).
“I said, ‘why are you treating these people the same?’ – These fighters know each other, but they are not the same. His instructions were the same and choreographed for both guys, so I was a little disappointed.
“I told Tyson, ‘maybe I can help him (Davison) along the way?’ – As he did a great job with the conditioning, the weight loss and all that. And he’s only a 26 year old kid.
“I think if Tyson had have won, I think I wouldn’t be the youngest ever trainer to have a world champion anymore because he’s younger than me. When I won my first world title I was 27.
Asked if he’d like to take over and be the talker in the corner, Roach added: “Possibly. But me, Tyson and his brother spoke about it. We said, ‘let’s all go home and enjoy Christmas.
“Then we will have a meeting either in the UK or here in America with each other. And he left it at that,” concluded the Wild Card trainer.