In the red, er blue corner: Wayne Rooney to carry Ricky Hatton’s belt in Las Vegas


20th, June 2007


Picture35142614.pngRicky Hatton, who fights Mexican hard nut Jose Luis Castillo this weekend for his world light-welterweight title, is an avid Man City fan. Hatton naturally hates Man Utd with a passion. So who better to carry out one of his title belts to ringside in Vegas on Saturday than… Wayne Rooney (who is a huge boxing fan and boxed as a youngster)?
Hatton is unrepentent at choosing a United player to represent him. Above all, Rooney is a great friend of Hatton’s: ‘I’ve known Wayne for a few years,’ Hatton says. ‘When we met, we just hit it off. We have the same sense of humour and we love to talk boxing. I like to keep my feet on the ground and so does he.
‘I’ll have Wayne in the dressing room with me. A few people on Manchester City websites have criticised me for that. But they shouldn’t give a shit about who’s carrying the belt. They should just look at his face when Blue Moon [the City anthem] strikes up and everyone’s singing. Listen, nobody hates Man United more than me, but Wayne’s a mate.’

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  1. Dan Clough says:

    That’s depressing. I’ve always liked Ricky Hatton. He’s a decent, down to Earth chap who’s found fame and fortune but not forgotten his roots. But why is he mates with that Scouse idiot?!

  2. Ollie, Pies Ed. says:

    Hatton rules. He’s going to kick Castillo’s ass.

  3. man utd fan says:

    Because Rooney is a boxing fan and was equally interested in Boxing before he became professional. Plus his dad’s side has other boxers too.