Former boxing champion, ‘Ricky Hatton’ has called on the government to provide a support system for retired fighters as most are going through depression, drinking and using drugs.
The former light-welterweight and welterweight champion revealed he had tried to kill himself on several occasions and was now a junkie. He said fighters needed support systems especially after retirement just like footballers.
The 38-year old said;
"I tried to kill myself several times, I used to go to the pub, come back, take the knife out and sit there in the dark crying hysterically. In the end, I thought I’ll 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".
Ricky Hatton also revealed that the poverty through which most of these boxers emerged did not prepare them for life after boxing.
"The thing is… with boxers… we come from council estates. So, it’s very, very hard, Its 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".
Ricky Hatton had a perfect 43-0 until he was defeated by Floyd Mayweather Jnr in a match which changed his life forever.