A BOXING fan says it will be a “dream come true” when one of his heroes comes to Hartlepool for a sportsman’s dinner.
Nathan Greathead set up his own promotions firm earlier this year, and hopes to make a name for himself by arranging high-profile events in Hartlepool.
The 20-year-old, who set up a successful event with Frank Bruno in September, has now secured the services of Ricky ‘Hitman’ Hatton for an event which will be held in Hartlepool in February.
Nathan, from the Brierton area of town, has already sold 200 tickets for the show just a day after announcing the popular Mancunian was heading to the Corporation Club in Hartlepool.
He said: “I’m still relatively new to this game, but after the success of the event I hosted in the Corporation Club with Frank Bruno, I was determined to get another big name to follow that up with.
“I’m over the moon that Ricky has agreed to come to Hartlepool. It’s a dream come true for me – I’m a boxing fan and I grew up watching his fights.
“He is one of the most popular figures the sport has ever produced, and he has some fantastic tales to tell from his life both in and out of the ring.
“I’ve already sold 200 tickets within a day of letting people know the event was on, so that just proves how popular he is.”
Hatton, 37, is a former Welterweight Champion who fought the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr in Las Vegas during his glittering career.
He initially retired in 2009, only to make a comeback three years later before finally deciding to hang up his gloves.
Since then Hatton has gone on to become a popular figure on the after-dinner circuit.
Nathan runs NSG Promotions, and is bringing Hatton to Hartlepool after striking up a friendship with Jamie Ward, who specialises in arranging similar events.
Nathan added: “Jamie has really showed me the ropes. I’ve watched how he works and he has been a massive help to me.
“As well as the dinners with the big names, I’ve been putting on local boxing shows, and I’m delighted with how things have gone for me so far.
“I’ve had a lot of help from my family and friends, and I’m also grateful to the sponsors who have backed my events, and I’m really pleased with the way the business is going.”
The evening will include a hot and cold buffet, as well as entertainment from comedian Gary Gobstopper before Hatton takes the mic to answer questions from guests.
Tickets for An Evening With Ricky Hatton, which will also feature an auction of boxing memorabilia, are priced at £40 for a standard ticket, while VIP tables of 10 are available for £650.
Nathan is also keen to hear from any local businesses interested in sponsorship packages.
l Tickets are available from the NSG Boxing Promotions’ page on Facebook, or by telephoning Nathan on 07773 785898.