Ricky Hatton Teams Up With Laila Ali

hatton16.01.07 - Photo by Paul Speak - Team Hatton- This past weekend, Ricky Hatton strolled into the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas prior to putting in 15 hard rounds on the infamous bodybelt with trainer Billy "The Preacher" Graham. In attendance was Laila Ali, daughter of the legendary Muhammad Ali. The two fighters got on great with Ricky inviting Laila to his fight against Juan Urango at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday, 20 January.

Laila noticed a tattoo of her dad on Billy's arm and said "That's the first time I ever seen anybody have a tattoo of my dad". Billy replied, "Me dad let me stay up late to watch your dad beat Sonny Liston." Ricky then got down to serious business and banged out the 15 rounds on the body belt at a blistering pace. Firing on all cylinders, the Hitman is looking sharp and focused on Urango.

But the serious side of Ricky lost to the joker when he left his sweaty training union jack underpants in the Top Rank Gym as a souvenir of his visit. A prized possession for the gym manager, who said that he will frame them and give them pride of place in the gym. It is hoped they go over Floyd Mayweather's poster..

Dennis Hobson/Fight Academy and Banner Promotions, in association with Top Rank, Inc., present Ricky Hatton vs. Juan Urango for the IBF and IBO Light Welterweight Championship of the world on January 20, 2007 at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. HBO World Championship Boxing will televise live in the US starting at 10PM ET/7PM ET. SKY Box Office broadcasts live in the UK beginning at 22:00 GMT. Tickets can be purchased by logging onto or calling the Paris Box Office at 1-888-727-4758.

Article posted on 16.01.2007

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