By Matthew Young, courtesy of The Daily Star
BOXING star Ricky Hatton has told how he once floored his own dad in a heated car park punch-up.
The Hitman also revealed that he visits a counsellor each month to help him fight his booze and depression demons.
A bitter family feud had erupted resulting in legal letters between Hatton and his parents.
The ex-world champion, 35, was challenged by dad Ray as he took his kit bag from the boot of his car in September last year, just hours before he was set to announce his return to the ring.
He wrote in his autobiography, War And Peace: My Story: “He (Ray) swings at me. He punches me in the face, catching me on the cheek.”
The Mancunian warned his furious dad not to throw another punch and held him against his car – but raging Ray struck him again.
Hatton wrote: ‘Dad this is your last warning.’ I can see he will not listen and that nothing I can say will stop him – he swings a leg at me, trying to kick me. That’s it. It has to stop.
“I block it and crack him with my left hand, causing him to fall against his car.
“Seconds pass, but groggily he comes defiantly back at me.
‘Do it again. Do it again!’ he shouts.
“‘Go away,’ I reply, forcefully.
“Finally, he scurries back around the car and speeds off."
“The whole thing lasts barely a minute. I’m shaken up. I’m in bits, actually.
“I’d just had to crack my dad because he’d attacked me – there is no pride attached to it.”
The book, released yesterday, also tells how the boxer came close to slashing his wrists with a knife.
He admitted: “It took me so long to go to someone and say: ‘You know what, my head’s in bits. I don’t know what to do. I keep crying. I feel depressed. I want to kill myself.’
“I think if more people who suffer from depression just swallow their pride and say: ‘Listen, I need help. Someone give me a hug. Someone talk to me,’ it would help.
“My story, for my sins, for the rights and the wrongs, is not just a boxing story.
“There’s been the drink, the drugs the depression, the suicide.
“Whether it’s the drinking, drugs or the suicide or the boxing or the fall-out with my parents – everyone has got an opinion, but I know the facts.
“That’s what I wanted to come across.”