Ricky Hatton: 'I was unable to cope'

Updated: September 18, 2010, 12:46 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Former world champion Ricky Hatton has blamed his struggle with retirement for his binge drinking and drug use.

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Hatton was admitted to a rehab clinic after the News of the World published a video last weekend that appears to show him snorting cocaine. His spokesman later confirmed the drug use.

Hatton said in a video interview on the paper's website Saturday that "I have been binge drinking heavily and dabbling in other daft and silly things."

From the clinic, Hatton says he is "dealing with depression due to the fact I have not been able to cope with my retirement from boxing."

The full version of the interview will be published Sunday.


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