Former world boxing champion Ricky Hatton, tried to commit suicide, when he suffered from depression after retiring in 2012.
NAN reports that, Hatton whose best performance came in 2005 when he stopped Australian Kostya Tszyu, had been struggling with drinking, drugs and depression.
Hatton Became Suicidal From Depression
“I tried to kill myself several times,” Hatton said.
“I used to go to the pub, come back, take the knife out and sit there in the dark crying hysterically.” Hatton who was defeated by Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2007, continued.
“In the end I thought I’ll end up drinking myself to death because I was so miserable.”
Hatton, who had registered 45 wins in 48 bouts said, even without drinking, he couldn’t confront the depression that led to drugs.
“I was coming off the rails with my drinking and that led to drugs. It was like a runaway train,’’ he explained.
Hatton, who now works as a trainer and agent, suggested that fighters be given a support system like footballers, especially after retirement when many found life tough outside sports.
The 38-year-old boxer stressed that the poverty from which most boxers egress, does not prepare them for life after boxing.
“The thing is ….. with boxers ….. we come from council estates. So, it’s very, very hard,” said Hatton.
“It’s an individual sport. So, you get in the ring on your own and then when you retire you tend to spend the rest of your life on your own.” He concluded