Ricky Hatton posted a cryptic message on Twitter on Saturday, which fueled fears for his health and even generated talks that the former boxing world champion has died.
Hatton is reportedly struggling to recover mentally from his breakup with fiancée Jennifer Dooley. On Saturday, the British boxing icon posted: “I have nothing left, absolutely nothing.”
His cryptic message made her family, friends and fans worried about his condition. The 37-year-old retired boxer was reportedly seen partying in an Irish bar in Spain before he sent out the troubling message.
Hatton’s parents, Carol and Ray, admitted to Mirror UK that their son’s message was a significant cause for concern. It is the reason why they immediately made moves to contact Hatton’s friends in Spain to check on their son. Fortunately, Hatton is fine and talks about his troublesome health — even death — are false.
“It’s what people are feeling at certain times,” Ray Hatton said. “It’s one of those things. He’s fine. We know via other people who went out to Tenerife, that he’s OK.”
Mirror UK added that a spokesman revealed that Hatton is OK. The report also confirmed that Dooley ended her relationship with Hatton. The 35-year-old reportedly got tired of Hatton’s lifestyle.
Hatton was a huge boxing star during his prime and was one of the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. His career downfall started when he took 10th round knockout loss to Floyd Mayweather in December 2007.
Hatton managed to win two fighters after losing to Mayweather, but the Cheshire native absorbed a humiliating loss again, as Manny Pacquiao knocked him out cold in the second round of their showdown in May 2009. He had a comeback attempt in November 2012 but lost via ninth-round knockout to Vyacheslav Senchenko.
The former super lightweight world champion previously said that he suffered from depression after losing to Pacquiao. He even admitted that he had suicidal thoughts back then.
“I know that the drink and everything else was killing me,” Hatton said via Daily Mail. “The depression which followed not only that defeat by Pacquiao but all the bingeing took me to the brink of suicide.”
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