Ricky Hatton: 'My girlfriend had to stop me from taking own life'

Hatton reveals suicide attempts
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Ricky Hatton says that his girlfriend had to stop him from taking his own life after he quit boxing in 2009.

British boxer Ricky Hatton has revealed that his girlfriend had to stop him numerous times from committing suicide.

The 34-year-old has been open about his alcohol addiction following his retirement from boxing in 2009 after losing to Manny Pacquiao.

"I was near to a nervous breakdown, depression, suicidal," said Hatton. "Most mornings my girlfriend would have to come downstairs and take a knife out of my hand.

"I had a knife at my wrists, I was in a really bad way, just hysterically crying for no reason. I've always liked a little bit of a drink, but my drinking had gone way off the Richter scale, I was having blackouts."

Hatton will return to the ring for a comeback fight in Manchester later this month.

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