Boxing News 2016: Ex-Pacquiao Foe Ricky Hatton Reveals Having Suicidal Thoughts
Former two-division world boxing champion Ricky Hatton apparently had severe bouts of depression after retirement.
"The Hitman" was once touted as one of the best boxers to come out of England, having previously held the light welterweight and welterweight world titles. He went on a 43-fight undefeated streak, before losing to former pound-for-pound boxing king Floyd Mayweather via tenth round knockout during their December 2007 fight.
Hatton would win two more consecutive fights, before losing to Manny Pacquiao via second round knockout in May 2009. It was an emphatic finish from the Filipino boxing icon that left Hatton laid out on the ring canvas, out cold.
From there, Hatton never really recovered as a professional boxer. He remained on the sidelines for a total of three years, before taking on his final fight in November 2012 against Vyacheslav Senchenko, only to lose via ninth round knockout.
Today, the 38-year-old Hatton is running his own promotion company, having the likes of Sonny Upton, Lucas Browne, Damien Hooper, and Matty Askin, among others, under his wing. But apparently, the downfall of his career had affected him so badly, that he resorted to alcoholism and drug addiction. And in a recent interview with BBC Radio 4's "Today Show" (via Boxingscene.com), he revealed to have contemplated about ending his own life.
"I used to go to the pub, come back, take the knife out and sit there in the dark crying hysterically," Hatton said. "There were times when I hadn't had a drink for days and I'd still come home and if something went through my mind I'd start pondering something. It was the same outcome whether I was having a drink or wasn't having a drink."
Hatton described his experience as similar to being on a runaway train, as he was already deep into the vices that took a hold of him. But in the end, he realized he needed to get himself together and not fall into the trap.
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