Ricky Hatton on a dark and low lit room watched the replay of his last fight over and over again. The sadness on his eyes was evident as he drowned himself to another round of beer before passing out.
Depression crept into Ricky and drugs and alcohol was the only escape he could think of until it became uncontrollable.
Now Ricky’s boxing license is in limbo after a secret film was released by News of the World newspaper allegedly showing Hatton snorting cocaine. Ricky admitted everything and is now seeking professional help. It takes a lot of courage to man up everything and accept that there is really a problem.
You can’t blame the publisher for posting the pictures and video or the person responsible for taking it because sooner or later it would come out. And now it’s on a global stage.
The drugs were recent but his drinking was his main problem long before his undefeated boxing record was scathed. He was the king of the hill the ultimate fan favorite and a legend in the 140 pound division. It wasn’t the way he wanted to end his career. It wasn’t how a legendary figure gets man-handled lying flat in the surface with seconds left at the end of round two. There were times when Ricky was trying for a comeback fight but the alcohol and drugs finally got into him and it became too late to let it go.
Publicist Max Clifford confirmed on Monday that Hatton has been diagnosed with severe depression. But this is not the time to condemn him. It was partly his fault but you could never judge anyone after what he has gone through. It was painful enough to see your face on TV replays lying motionless in the canvass but it’s even more painful to see all your love ones covering their faces with tears and wariness in their eyes. Alcohol was his constant companion and when the alcohol wasn’t strong enough to hide those depressions he resorted to drugs. Hatton said that he was devastated not because of those pictures or videos being released but because of what he allowed himself to be. He knows he let his fans down and most of all his family who have been there for him all the way. Hatton will be going through rehabilitation and we hope he will get all those alcohols and drugs out of his system.
Beyond those funny jokes and warrior mentality, Ricky’s eyes say it all. All those emptiness and loneliness still lays a human being who needs our understanding and help.
“Depression can seem worse than terminal cancer, because most cancer patients feel loved and they have hope and self-esteem.” -David D. Burns
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