The crowds were coming into the Blackpool Tower Circus. The noise was beginning to rise. The adrenalin was starting to pump. Myself and Ricks support team, led by Sam Betts were helping him prepare for his bout below the ring area. Having visited the Tower Circus many years ago as a child it was very cool being backstage beneath the circus arena.
Here is Rick warming up and preparing.
The fight did not quite go according to plan. Ricks opponent hit Rick with one heavy punch that knocked Rick to his knees.
However, Rick just bounced up and went after his foe. With this knockdown in his favour, his opponent just kept backing away from Rick’s offence as to avoid any telling hits.
Unfortunately due to this Rick did not recover the points needed to level the contest and could not catch his opponent with a thunderous hit as all he did was run away!
It was a shame the match went the path that it did as Rick was in great shape.
The final bout of the evening had Matthew Hatton, the younger brother of Ricky Hatton. Ricky was wondering around backstage and I had the chance for a quick pic!