Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ex-Champ Hatton: I Tried to End My Life; BOXING

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ex-Champ Hatton: I Tried to End My Life; BOXING

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FORMER two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton has revealed he tried to kill himself several times during his battle with depression.

Hatton admitted there was a huge gap in his life after retiring from a boxing career which saw him take on great names like Floyd Mayweather Junior and Manny Pacquiao in front of his army of supporters in Las Vegas.

"I tried to kill myself several times," Hatton said in an interview aired on BBC Radio 4. "I used to go to the pub, come back, take the knife out and sit there in the dark crying hysterically.

"There were times when I had not had a drink for days and I would still come home and if something went through my mind I would start pondering something.

"It was the same outcome whether I was having a drink or was not having a drink.

"In the end I thought I will end up drinking myself to death because I was so miserable.

"I was coming off the rails with my drinking and that led to drugs. It was like a runaway train. …

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