At one point in his career, Ricky Hatton was one of the best boxers in the sport. But, four years after his last fight and at 38 years old now, he’s retired. But, he made headlines recently, after revealing that he’s attempted suicide multiple times.
Apparently, after stepping away from the sport, following devastating losses to Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, he was fell into a deep depression and was suicidal. In fact, he says he dealt with depression all his life, but after he left boxing, things got really bad.
“I tried to kill myself several times,” Hatton stated, during an interview with BBC News. “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 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,” he added. “It was the same outcome whether I was having a drink or wasn’t having a drink.”
“But 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.”
Despite the dark times he’s endured, Hatton says he’s in a much better place, saying he “deals with things a lot better.”