LONDON (Reuters) – Former world boxing champion Ricky Hatton tried to kill himself when he suffered from melancholy after quitting the ring, the Briton stated on Thursday.
Hatton, who gained titles at light-welterweight and welterweight, retired in 2012 however had already been scuffling with melancholy, drink and medicines.
“I tried to kill myself several times,” the 38-year-old advised BBC radio. “I used to go to the pub, come again, take the knife out and sit there at the hours of darkness crying hysterically.
“In the top I thought I’ll find yourself consuming myself to demise as a result of I was so depressing.”
Hatton, who registered 45 wins in 48 bouts, stated that even when he didn’t all the time drink he nonetheless couldn’t deal with melancholy and that led to cocaine use.
“I was coming off the rails with my consuming and that led to medicine. It was like a runaway practice,” he defined.
Hatton, who now works as a coach and agent, stated fighters wanted a help system like footballers, particularly after retirement when many discovered life robust outdoors sport.
He added that the poverty from which most boxers emerge doesn’t put together them for all times after boxing.
“The factor is with boxers … we come from council estates so it is very, very onerous,” stated Hatton.
“It’s a person sport so that you get within the ring by yourself after which whenever you retire you have a tendency to spend the remainder of your life by yourself.”
Hatton’s greatest efficiency got here in 2005 when he stopped Australian Kostya Tszyu to add the IBF light-welterweight title to the WBU belt he already held.
He had an ideal 43-Zero report till he was floored by Floyd Mayweather Jr in Las Vegas in 2007 and was by no means the identical once more.
(Reporting by Rex Gowar; Editing by Tony Jimenez)