Worrying Ricky Hatton video emerges of retired boxer staggering around bar
Boxing fans have expressed their concern for former world champion Ricky Hatton after footage emerged of him staggering around a bar.
The video, believed to have been filmed over the weekend at the Dubliner Irish Pub in Tenerife, shows Hatton staggering around with his white T-shirt over his head.
The 40-year-old then stumbles and falls before being helped to his feet, although he remains unsteady.
After the footage was shared on social media, one user said “Ricky Hatton struggling with retirement, pro boxing is a hard space to fill. Very upsetting to watch.”
Another said: “Doesn’t look good, even worse that people straight out with phones. We love to hit people when they’re down for some reason.”
Another worried fan added: “Let’s hope he gets some help he was a top notch boxer back in the day.”
The Mancunian retired from the sport first in 2009 after his defeat by Manny Pacquiao and then again in 2012 after an ill-fated comeback fight against Vyacheslav Senchenko.
Since then he has started training fighters, including Love Island star Tommy Fury and heavyweight Nathan Gorman.
Hatton’s mental health problems have been well-document and he has repeatedly struggled with depression.
He has admitted to relying on drink and drugs to help cope after he retired and came close to killing himself on several occasions.
But recently, Hatton revealed he has made amends with his parents following their long-running feud.
He had a huge bust up with mum Carol and dad Ray nine years ago over money, which escalated into a car park punch-up with his father.
But last week he told the Manchester Evening News: “Ultimately when I fell out with my parents, I hit rock bottom. I didn’t care whether I lived or died to be honest with you.
“A few of my school friends are the same age as me, their parents were having heart attacks and I was going to their funerals.
“And I thought to myself ‘I’m 40 now, I’m at an age where our parents might not be here much longer’.
“So if their parents are getting ill and passing away and all that, it’s not going to be long before mine go.
“I just made the effort to think ‘listen you know, let bygones be bygones, leave things in the past. That’s it’.”