Advertisement
Advertisement

Ricky Hatton Changes His Life, Feels Like a New Man

By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star

RICKY HATTON is confident there will be no return to ­depression after reviving his promoter’s career this week.

Manchester’s former world ­light-­welterweight and welterweight ­champion is now enjoying life on the safe side of the ropes as a promoter and trainer.

Hatton, 34, has signed a TV deal with BoxNation and claims working ­alongside fellow promoters Frank Warren, Barry McGuigan and Frank Maloney will ­produce more big fights.

The link-up with Warren’s BoxNation was just what Hatton needed after ­seeing Bury super-bantamweight Scott Quigg leave him for rival promoter Eddie Hearn, whose shows are screened on Sky Sports.

Not only is life at the gym in Hyde ­going well – but so too is life in general for Hatton after November’s comeback ended in tears.

The Hitman felt compelled to make a ring return after battling problems with alcohol and depression since his two- round KO loss to Manny Pacquiao in 2009.

Despite being stopped in nine rounds by Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko at Manchester Arena last year, Hatton has no regrets over coming out of ­retirement and believes it exorcised some demons left from the crushing Pacquiao defeat.

He said: “I’m in a much better place now and with this TV deal things are ­going really well now.

“From a personal point of view, having the deal with BoxNation is going to help me massively.

“I’ve made a few changes to the gym as well and whereas it was going down, now it’s on the up.

“We were struggling for members but I’ve brought someone in who knows about the business and it has made a big difference.

“I’m in the gym Monday to Friday and I’m kept busy. I’m never going to be known as a stick insect but I’ve kept the weight off.

“People thought I would go back to my old ways of going out and getting p***ed, putting on the weight but I’m keeping the weight off because I’m behaving ­myself.

“I don’t think you are ever going to lose it with depression, but I’m doing ­all right now.

“Life has changed since the ­boxing. If I didn’t have the comeback people would have said, ‘Oh he f***ed it up’. But I came back and gave it my best shot and I feel a lot more ­comfortable now.

“I don’t feel as though I’ve let people down whereas before I did. People think a lot of me for that.

“Life has got a lot better. I get home and instead of going out and getting p***ed because I’m upset, I’m thinking about what I can do in the gym the next day.

“I’ve got my hunger back for the game and life has slowed down. My partner Jennifer Dooley is expecting another ­little girl on August 16, so it has to slow down after that.”

Hatton reckons British boxing is also in a healthy state – despite a lack of big fights this year.

He added: “I think boxing is in a very, very good state. I think there’s been ­better eras but when you see some of the talents coming through, the lads that we’ve had from the Olympics, yes, I think it is in a good state.

“You’ve got Carl Froch, who is fighting the best who is out there, time and time again. And Amir Khan, who is always in good fights.

“The main thing is a lot of the best fighters want to fight each other. David Haye and Tyson Fury want to fight each other. We could probably do Martin ­Murray and Billy Joe Saunders now as well.”

Tags: Ricky Hatton image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Biolink on 06-30-2013

[QUOTE=killamoneymike;13518999]stfu. depression does go away wth do you mean i got rid of it twice you negative nancy.[/QUOTE] Shut the **** up Signed everyone that has really suffered depression ever.

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 06-30-2013

Great to hear he's in a good place now, hope it continues. He gave alotta fans some great fights to watch over the years. Wishing him the best.

Comment by NachoMan on 06-30-2013

[QUOTE=killamoneymike;13518999]stfu. depression does go away wth do you mean i got rid of it twice you negative nancy.[/QUOTE] Nice one! :rofl:

Comment by M4RK on 06-30-2013

[QUOTE=Mr Ehrmantraut;13519011]Glad to here he has snorted himself out.[/QUOTE] I dont mean any disrespect but damn that made me lol!

Comment by M4RK on 06-30-2013

[QUOTE=killamoneymike;13518999]stfu. depression does go away wth do you mean i got rid of it twice you negative nancy.[/QUOTE] That doesnt sound like someone who got rid of depression...

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (13)
Top Headlines Teddy Atlas: Nobody at 147 is in a Hurry To Face Errol Spence Abel Ramos Breaks Down Juan Jesus Rivera in Six Rounds Edwards Gaining Steam in Camp as Casimero Bout Nears "Fighting Words" - Guerrero, Angulo and the Right Time To Go Canelo: Ready To Face Golovkin? He Has To Be Ready For Me! Two Olympians Investigated For Gambling Allegations in Rio Sammy Valentin Joins WBO Drug Free Kids Movement In Tampa Canelo, Smith No Longer VADA Testing - No Cause For Concern Peralta: I Was a Sad Cab Driver, Now I'm a Happy Boxer Hasanboy Dusmatov Denies Promotional Deal, Eyes Olympics Video: J. Mayweather Discusses Gennady Golovkin vs. Kell Brook Video: Badou Jack Talks James DeGale Unification, More Photos: Shakur Stevenson Sports TMT Hat at Homecoming Parade Video: J. Mayweather Discusses Mayweather vs. Pacquiao II Ian Tims Joins MGM, Will Return Soon Chocolatito vs. Cuadras: Ryan Martin Added To The Card Video: Peralta on The Journey From Cab Driver To Contender Video: Robert Guerrero Reflects on Shocking Loss To David Peralta Langford Not Bothered By Trash Talk From Eubank Jr. and English Kovalev's Promoter: Tickets For Ward Bout Are Reasonably Priced Photos: Miguel Marriaga, Jose Felix Get Big Knockout Wins Golovkin's Promoter on Carl Froch: You Can't Force Guys To Fight Photos: David Peralta With Cinderella Shocker of Robert Guerrero Golovkin's Coach: We'd Fight Andre Ward, But He Can't Make 168 Frank Warren Smiles: Chris Eubank Jr. Can't Run Away This Time! Hernandez Will Head Back To 154 After Stunning Alfredo Angulo Hammer Backs Klara Svensson To Defeat Mikaela Lauren Daniela Bermudez Stuns Mariana Juarez in Mexico City Shields Leaves Door Open For Third Olympic Gold in 2020 Mayweather: They Ask a Thousand Times - I'm NOT Coming Back! Guerrero Claims Robbery: I Clearly Won, 116-112 Score Was Crazy! Peralta: I Was a Cab Driver, Now I Beat Robert Guerrero! Miguel Marriaga Blasts Out Robb, Jose Felix Crushes Frankel Yazmin Rivas Earns Debatable Split Nod Over Jessica Gonzalez David Peralta a Ghost Buster, Stuns Robert Guerrero in Upset Win Rod Salka Returns To Beat a Game Savi, Devin Haney Wins Isaac Dogboe Impressive, Dominates Neil John Tabanao Freddy Hernandez Shocks Alfredo Angulo With Big Decision Win Terrell Gausha Snags Tough Decision Win Over Steve Martinez Avni Yildirim Dominates Aaron Pryor Jr. Over Ten Rounds
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement