British boxer Ricky Hatton has revealed that he tried to kill himself on several occasions following his initial retirement from the sport.
However, the 34-year-old experienced a number of personal problems away from the ring and admitted that he tried to end his own life on a number of occasions.
"I was going out and thinking – I'll drink 'till I fucking die. It was me against the world. It was a madness. And that led to other things like the drugs," Hatton told The Telegraph.
"I was having blackouts, walking round in a daze, whether I'd had a drink or not.
"My girlfriend had to take a knife off me several times. I can't blame it on me coming home drunk. It was happening when I was sober, drunk, whatever. I was just crying in front of my girlfriend, with her saying, 'Give me that, give me that,' and me saying, 'No, I'm going to do it.' I never had the balls to do it. But that doesn't mean it was never going to happen."
Hatton faces off against the Ukrainian on November 24.