EXCLUSIVE: ‘Tyson was very similar to me… I’ve spoken to him about it’: Ricky Hatton opens up on his shock return to boxing at the age of 43, as he likens his struggles to Fury and says he needs a ‘reason to get out of bed every single day’
- Ricky Hatton has confirmed he will take on Marco Antonio Barrera on July 2
- He will face the 48-year-old Mexican in his hometown at the Manchester Arena
- Hatton says he is doing the charity fight to give himself a reason to get out of bed
- He spoke about the ‘demons’ that use to possess him during his lowest moments
- Hatton also drew similarities between his experience and Fury’s experience
Ricky Hatton has opened up on his struggle with depression after announcing he will return to boxing to take on Marco Antonio Barrera at the Manchester Arena on July 2.
Hatton, who hung up his gloves in 2012 after being knocked out by Vyacheslav Senchenko, has said he will take part in the charity eight-round bout to give himself a ‘reason to get out of bed every single day’.
Hatton also spoke about how he and Tyson Fury have battled with depression and drew on similarities between their experiences – saying the Gypsy King found himself in a ‘very dark place’ after winning the world title against Wladimir Klitschko.
Hatton opened up on his struggle with depression after announcing he will return to boxing
Hatton said his first professional loss to Floyd Mayweather in December 2007 sparked a his depression and lead to a drinking problem that he struggled to deal with for years.
Hatton said he was convinced he was going to win the blockbuster bout with Mayweather despite the fact ‘Money’ also had an unbeaten record.
Therefore, when Hatton lost the fight, he felt as though he couldn’t ‘go out in public’ or ‘do any appearances’. He described that time in his life as ‘horrible’.
Speaking about his experience on the Gary Newbon Sports Show with Jewson, Hatton said: ‘I think you have got to have something in the back of your head that gets the ball rolling when it comes to depression.
Hatton will face 48-year-old Mexican boxer Marco Antonio Barrera (pictured in on the left in 2002) in the eight-round bout
Hatton has also spoke in detail about his depression and Tyson Fury has a similar experience
‘The thing that got the ball rolling for me was the Mayweather fight. I didn’t just turn up for my biggest payday to fight Floyd Mayweather. I genuinely thought I was going to beat him.
‘Then when I didn’t, I couldn’t do any appearances. I couldn’t go out in public. I couldn’t show my face. It was a real horrible experience.’
Hatton claims the charity exhibition will give him a reason to get up in the mornings – saying: ‘I might be retired but I am not dead.
‘I never stopped being a champion. I never stopped wanting to succeed. You still need a reason to get out of bed every single day.’
Hatton went on to liken his experience with depression to Fury’s experience. He said the Gypsy King ‘got into a very, very dark place’ after winning the world title against Klitschko.
Hatton was in Fury’s corner for his WBC World Heavyweight title fight against Deontay Wilder
Hatton said Fury went into in a ‘very dark place’ after winning the world title against Klitschko
Hatton said: ‘Tyson was very similar to me. I have spoken to Tyson about this. He’s not going into as much detail, but he said he just got into a very, very dark place.
‘He even said he was depressed when he won the world title. You think to yourself, how can you become the heavyweight champion of the world and still be in such a deep and dark place.
‘Tyson has never been driven by money. He’s been driven by the goal to be a champion. So, I don’t know why his head fell off.
‘It must have been personal problems. For me it was very specific things whereas for Tyson he was like I don’t know what’s wrong with me, I just won the heavyweight title, and I don’t what’s wrong with me. So, everyone is different.’
Fury returned to fight Deontay Wilder after two years of inactivity due to mental health issues, alcoholism, recreational drug use and extreme weight gain.
Hatton was present in Fury’s corner for his first fight back and heaped praise on the heavyweight for his journey back to boxing.
Fury pictured above celebrating with his belts after he defeated Klitschko to become new World Heavyweight Champion
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