Nordoff Robbins teamed up with Frank Warren and BoxNation to host an exciting evening of Championship Boxing on 13 November at the London Hilton on Park Lane, which saw the legendary Ricky Hatton MBE pick up the Boxing Icon Award and Joe Joyce collect a Boxing Special Achievement Award.

During his boxing career Ricky Hatton has held multiple world championships at light-welterweight and welterweight, ranked by BoxRec as the best British light-welterweight of all time – the third best in Europe, and eleventh best worldwide. 2016 Olympic Boxing Team star Joe Joyce meanwhile is arguably the hottest prospect in the world of boxing, having earlier this year signed to veteran David Haye’s promotional company. 

Hatton said: “I’m absolutely delighted to receive this Nordoff Robbins Award. Tonight I’ve been in a room with so many of my hero’s and it’s been a real pleasure – I just love boxing, it’s part of me, it’s in my DNA.”

Joyce added: “I am so very pleased and honoured to receive the award. It’s been a great night.”

The fight card featured matches between winner Danny Wright and Chris Adaway in the Welterweight contest, Gyula Dodu and winner Jay Harris in the International Flyweight contest, Jack Flately who beat Marian Cazacu in the International Middleweight contest and winner Stephen Danyo who beat Lloyd Ellett , in the WBO European Welterweight Championship contest, all exclusively filmed by boxnation.

The Boxing Dinner, which marked its eighth year, was hosted by Anton de Beke, and featured a live performance from classical star Alfie Boe. Celebrity guests included philanthropist and presenter Katie Piper, singer Lisa Mafia, Game of Thrones star Christian Vit, Love Island 2017 star Jamie Jewitt, singer Camilla Thurlow, and X Factor 2017’s Tracy Leanne Jefford.

Nordoff Robbins Boxing Committee Chairman and Worldwide President of The Agency Group, Neil Warnock, said: “We are proud to say that the Boxing Dinner has been going strong for nine years now, supporting a wonderful charity. Nordoff Robbins deliver music therapy to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. Their central mission is to change more lives through music, but with no government funding events such as these help them to raise the funds needed to make this mission a reality.

“My sincerest thanks to everyone who has made this event possible, including Frank Warren and Box Nation. We trust everyone had a great time and congratulations to our Boxing Icon winner Ricky Hatton MBE, Joe Joyce, our Nordoff Robbins Boxing Special Achievement Award winner, and to all of the brilliant boxers tonight.”

Frank Warren, Chairman of BoxNation, said: “We were absolutely delighted to once again be involved in the Nordoff Robbins boxing dinner. Nordoff Robbins are a very special charity and I am proud of the fact that all the money raised from this event allows them to continue their vital work. Congratulations to both Ricky Hatton and Joe Joyce on their awards this evening, and a further congratulations to all of our boxers who took to the ring.”

The event also raises funds for the London ex-Boxers Association.