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‘I tried to kill myself once a week for a year by drinking but bottled slashing my wrists’

'I tried to kill myself once a week for a year by drinking but bottled slashing my wrists'

RICKY HATTON shakes his head as he recollects the strain of the chilly knife towards his wrist.

This reminiscence, of tears streaming down his face as he contemplated killing himself, is a vivid one because it occurred each week for 12 months in probably the most traumatic year of the previous boxer’s life.

 Ricky Hatton experienced severe depression and attempted suicide

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Ricky Hatton skilled extreme melancholy and tried suicide

“I didn’t care if I lived or f***ing died, I really didn’t,” Hatton says, sat within the workplace of his fitness center in Hyde.

“I could come in the gym to train with the boys and they’d think I was alright, but I’d go home and sit there crying. Without even a drink in me, I’d get the knife out and do it again.”

Hatton, who turns 40 subsequent month, runs his finger alongside the within of his bulging, tattooed forearm to imitate the motion.

It was again in the summertime of 2009, following a brutal knockout defeat to Filipino fighter Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas, that Hatton reached his lowest ebb.

Ricky Hatton does some busking in Chester singing Oasis with wacky road band
 Hatton talking mental health in the office of his gym in Hyde

Hatton speaking psychological well being within the workplace of his fitness center in Hyde

 The 39-year-old's defeat to Manny Pacquiao in 2009 saw him enter a downward spiral

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The 39-year-old’s defeat to Manny Pacquiao in 2009 noticed him enter a downward spiral

 Hatton was knocked out cold in less than two rounds by the Filipino fighter

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Hatton was knocked out chilly in lower than two rounds by the Filipino fighter

The scrappy welterweight had tasted defeat in the identical ring two years prior when he was stopped within the 10th spherical by American Floyd Mayweather Jr. — but this time it was totally different.

Hatton had been humiliated: Pacquiao was too quick, too correct and too evasive, leaving the Mancunian mendacity in the midst of the canvass, knocked out chilly in lower than two rounds.

Every little thing acquired an excessive amount of for ‘The Hitman’: “I’d obtained the prospect to battle Pacquiao, pound for pound and acquired blasted in two rounds.

Ricky Hatton opens up about his melancholy on Unfastened Ladies

‘Simply seeing my dad drive previous the health club would ship me f***ing beneath’

Ricky Hatton

“Then I fell out with my mam and pop so I used to be much more down, I fell out with [trainer] Billy Graham, after which actuality kicked in that my days have been numbered.

“Simply seeing my dad drive previous the health club would ship me f***ing underneath.

“It was a completely horrendous time. I sat in my home and would go two days with out saying a phrase.

“Jennifer [then girlfriend] would say to me, ‘Do you want a brew?’ and I’d just nod, not say a single word for days.”

Former Boxer Ricky Hatton surprises followers with hilarious joke on social media
 After bottling slashing his wrists, Hatton admits he tried to drink himself to death

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After bottling slashing his wrists, Hatton admits he tried to drink himself to dying

 Hatton spoke to SunSport's Tom Roddy about his darkest days

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Hatton spoke to SunSport’s Tom Roddy about his darkest days

 The former welterweight boxer revealed he attempted suicide every week for a year

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The previous welterweight boxer revealed he tried suicide each week for a year

 Hatton, holding son Campbell, fell out with his parents Carol and Ray

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Hatton, holding son Campbell, fell out together with his mother and father Carol and Ray

As we speak, nevertheless, Hatton is in attribute temper, joking with employees and displaying off a risqué fancy gown outfit he’ll be sporting on a journey to Benidorm later this year.

But contained in the partitions of his workplace, he’s explaining his melancholy as he speaks solely to SunSport as a part of our You’re Not Alone suicide prevention marketing campaign. We’re calling on readers to know the indicators to look for in themselves and others, to not be afraid to converse out and to ask for assist.

The Hitman says: “Individuals with success are much less in a position to cope since you’re used to being on Mount Everest and when it’s gone, what do you do?

“It doesn’t matter about your belts or the trophy cabinet or the money in the bank, it’s up there” – he factors to his temple – “that you need help.”

One of many boxers Hatton repeatedly talks to about psychological well being points is Tyson Fury.

The previous heavyweight champion’s battle with melancholy has been well-publicised but he’s again within the ring and concentrating on a title struggle.


EVERY 90 minutes within the UK a life is misplaced – to suicide.

It does not discriminate, touching the lives of individuals in each nook of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and docs, actuality stars and footballers.

It is the most important killer of individuals underneath the age of 35, extra lethal than most cancers and automotive crashes. And males are 3 times extra possible to take their very own life than ladies.

But, it is not often spoken of, a taboo that threatens to proceed its lethal rampage until all of us cease and take discover, now.

That’s the reason The Solar has launched the You are Not Alone marketing campaign. To remind anybody dealing with a robust time, grappling with psychological sickness or feeling like there’s nowhere left to flip, that there’s hope.

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day, over the course of this week, we’ll inform you the tales of courageous survivors, kin left behind, heroic Good Samaritans – and share ideas from psychological well being specialists.

The purpose is that by sharing sensible recommendation, elevating consciousness and breaking down the obstacles individuals face when speaking about their psychological well being, we will all do our bit to assist save lives.

Let’s all vow to ask for assist once we want it, and pay attention out for others. You are Not Alone.

For a listing of help providers obtainable, please see the The place To Get Assist field under.

KNOW THE SIGNS From drinking an excessive amount of to a lack of sleep…10 indicators your beloved could possibly be liable to suicide

 Hatton with Tyson Fury after his comeback fight this summer

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Hatton with Tyson Fury after his comeback battle this summer time

 Hatton is concerned about Fury's future after boxing

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Hatton is worried about Fury’s future after boxing

“We have little chats here and there about how to deal with it,” Hatton says.

“The only thing I worry for Tyson long-term is once boxing has gone, you can’t go back. He’s got to do what I do. I hope I’m the one he turns to.”

Hatton is aware of how to come out the opposite aspect.

“I’d go as far as to say that it feels like it’s gone – but I know it hasn’t,” he explains.

Hatton’s psychiatrist suggested him to have pictures saved to his cellular of his three youngsters, his world titles, cheering followers, and his beloved Manchester Metropolis.

“You wouldn’t think it would but it really works,” he says.

 Hatton with his son Campbell

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Hatton together with his son Campbell

 Photos of his children help him on bad days

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Photographs of his youngsters assist him on dangerous days

Ricky Hatton has followers in hysterics with hilarious commentary on Joshua’s win over Klitschko

Hatton believes he has all the time had melancholy, that it lurked inside him from a younger age.

“I had a complex of what people thought of me,” he says. “For somebody that did boxing, I used to be very, very weak from the outset.

“When I got successful and people started talking about me, I didn’t want anyone thinking I thought I was a ‘big time Charlie’.”

Such a profitable profession meant Hatton was in a position to hold his emotions at bay.

 Hatton after beating Paulie Malignaggi in Las Vegas in 2008

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Hatton after beating Paulie Malignaggi in Las Vegas in 2008

 Hatton lands an uppercut on Jose Luis Castillo in 2007

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Hatton lands an uppercut on Jose Luis Castillo in 2007

From his first skilled battle in September 1997 to December 2007, he was unbeaten in 42 bouts earlier than dealing with Mayweather.

Hatton says: “It was all the time there but it got here to the forefront as a result of by the time the Mayweather battle got here I used to be unbeaten.”

‘I used to be too embarrassed to have a pint with my mates’

Ricky Hatton

He’d been driving excessive with plenty of success, adored by followers, and amassed a mighty fortune.

“Once I acquired beat by Mayweather I felt so ashamed. I cancelled all my features, all my appearances, I didn’t need to stroll down the road.

“I was too embarrassed to even go and have a pint with my mates.”


In the event you, or anybody you realize, wants assist coping with psychological well being issues, the next organisations present help:

 Hatton believes he has always had depression

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Hatton believes he has all the time had melancholy

 Defeat to Floyd Mayweather triggered his depression

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Defeat to Floyd Mayweather triggered his melancholy

After repeatedly ‘bottling’ suicide makes an attempt with a knife, Hatton reveals he began making an attempt to drink himself to dying.

“Then I took medicine to assist me drink extra,” he says.

In 2010, Hatton apologised after he was caught snorting cocaine. He had been recognized for drinking and partying but not medicine.

“I needed saving because I wasn’t going to do it myself and I wasn’t going to ask for help,” he says.

The turning level got here when Jennifer fell pregnant.

“They say things happen for a reason and Millie wasn’t even planned,” he says.

 Hatton with former girlfriend Jenny and daughter Millie

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Hatton with former girlfriend Jenny and daughter Millie

“I went to hospital and held her in my arms and that was when the penny dropped. I’d felt prefer it was simply me on my personal but holding Millie I assumed I’d get myself collectively.

“I got a psychiatrist, started talking and getting things off my chest.”

‘It was once I held my daughter in my arms that the penny dropped’

Ricky Hatton

Hatton first mentioned his points at The Priory but ended up discovering true solace at former England captain Tony Adams’ Sporting Probability Clinic.

“They asked how you felt when it was in the paper and in the news, when your team and gym mates knew what you’d been up to. They can relate,” he says.

 Hatton feels he has a new purpose in life now

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Hatton feels he has a new function in life now

Hatton got here out the opposite finish with a new objective in life.

He says: “My job now is to train professional boxers, promote boxers, manage boxers, after dinner speaking, and I like to think I’m a patron for mental health. I see that as my job now.”

Music from the gymnasium under vibrates via the ground boards. That is the place Hatton has all the time felt most comfortable.

He smiles and says: “If considered one of my boys wins a British title or a world title they are saying, ‘Thanks, Ricky, I’ve received my mortgage paid off now’ or one thing like that.

“That’s where I get my little buzz out of life now.”

 Hatton feels like the depression is at bay - but knows he'll never be rid of it

Hatton feels just like the melancholy is at bay – but is aware of he’ll by no means be rid of it

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