Former two-weight world champion Hatton was at hand at the Marton Country Club last Friday to greet hundreds of fans at the event.
Ricky said that he was very proud of his fan-base as they were able to get a closer look at the Hitman.
Ricky said: “Even though I’m retired, it’s a privilege to come to places like Middlesbrough where 500 people turn up to listen to me talk about my career, even when I’m not in the spotlight as much. It makes me feel very proud.
“What I’ve found about the North-east over the years is that people are very passionate about sport.
“You always get a good reception up here and I think that’s a testimony to why I’ve done more sportsman’s dinners here than probably anywhere else in the country.”
The event was put together by Pride and Respect to celebrate the career of the legendary boxer, who won the WBA, IBF and IBO Light Welterweight titles as well as the WBA Welterweight title in an illustrious career.
And this was the chance for those at the Marton Country Club to get a closer look at the Manchester-raised boxing legend.
Pride and Respect Organizer and events promoter Tony Robinson was ecstatic with how the event went and said it was the biggest thing they’ve ever held.
Tony said: “It was fantastic, it couldn’t have gone better with 500 people there.
“Ricky is a true British sporting icon, we could have probably filled the room twice over.
So it’s great when one of the biggest names in British boxing history comes to Middlesbrough.”