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Hatton "Considered Suicide"
Former world champion struggled with depression after his retirement
Posted Oct 04, 2011 by Chris White
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In an exclusive interview with BBC radio, former world champion Ricky Hatton admitted that he contemplated taking his life when his life spiralled out of control in a battle with drink and drugs following his retirement from professional boxing.
The Manchester fighter had been out of the ring since losing to Manny Pacquiao back in 2009, and confirmed that he wouldn’t be returning to the sport in July this year, ending rumours of comebacks. However, his time out of the ring drove him into depression and his subsequent problems.
The News of the World exposed Hatton’s trouble with drugs, showing him taking cocaine, which he admitted was “nothing short of disgraceful.”
In the interview, Hatton said that he was going out and drinking to help with his depression – which he admitted was the worst thing he could have done. However, he has conceded that reaching the very bottom allowed him to think “Blimey Ricky, get a grip.”
When Hatton took his time out of the ring after the fight with Pacquiao, he did try and return to training but found that “the hunger was gone,” which was the point he decided to call time on his 12-year career. That was then the start of the problems too, where he began “feeling sorry” for himself, even coming home to his girlfriend and saying, “I want to end it, I don’t want to live.”
It is a shame that Hatton’s life has taken a turn for the worse since his retirement, because he was undoubtedly one of the best British sportsmen of his generation, reaching the very top when he beat Kostya Tszyu in 2005 to win the IBF light-welterweight title. Hopefully he will now stay on the straight and narrow because he could still be a real influence on British boxing with his promoting business.