Ricky Hatton 'devastated' over cocaine allegations

Boxing legend Ricky Hatton was today said to be "devastated and distraught" after being secretly filmed allegedly snorting cocaine.

The former world champion, nicknamed The Hitman for his knock-out punching, is alleged to have used "industrial quantities" of the drug by the News of the World.



Hatton, 31, who has still to officially retire from the sport following a succession of multi-million pound title fights, is captured in video footage appearing to use a credit card to cut lines of cocaine before snorting them through a rolled-up bank note.



Today Max Clifford, his spokesman, said: "I have spoken to Ricky just half an hour ago, he is very upset and very subdued, very flat.



"He feels he's let everybody that matters down badly, his friends, his family, his fans and of course most of all himself, that he is, in his own words, he's been in a bad place for some time, probably before even his last fight and obviously he's really upset about what has happened but he totally takes responsibility, takes the blame, 'It's all down to me'.



"He just wants to let everybody know how he feels, he's got to sort himself out.



"I think it is fair to say, friends and family have been trying to warn him in recent times, for the last few months and now they are all hoping this situation will bring him to his senses.



"I think obviously everybody is hoping some good will come out of this.



"He feels devastated and we all hope this will be the wake-up call."



Mr Clifford said he was called by a representative of Hatton last night and asked to speak on behalf of the boxer, who he has known for a number of years.



He added: "We have spoken a couple of times today, clearly he's distraught about it, very upset and very subdued."



The News of the World states the video footage was captured over several hours at a Manchester hotel two weeks ago while Hatton was on a night out with friend Emma Bowe, 29, the Irish national senior women's boxing champion.



She told the paper Hatton also binged on drink by sinking 11 pints of Guinness, vodka, wine and sambuca during the night out.



"I'm only talking about this because Ricky is a danger to himself. If he carries on like this he'll kill himself," she is quoted saying.



"I'm really, really worried for him, especially if he tries to make a comeback in the ring as he's hinted - he could have a heart attack."



Ms Bowe added: "I was dumbstruck and felt bitterly disappointed. Ricky was my hero and to see him abusing drugs was such a letdown. He was a real role model, I didn't expect that of him."



Hatton, who still lives close to his hometown of Hyde, outside Manchester, with his fiancee Jennifer Dooley, became a household name and huge favourite of boxing fans for his no-holds-barred fighting style.



Hatton, who has a nine-year-old son and was awarded an MBE in 1997, is now heavily involved in promoting other boxers, having not fought himself for more than a year.



The former world champion at both light-welterweight and welterweight, was knocked out in the second round at the hands of Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas last May.



Despite the comprehensive defeat, Hatton has yet to confirm his retirement from the game and even hinted at a return to the ring by recently renewing his boxer's licence with the British Boxing Board of Control.



A potential "super-fight" against fellow Briton Amir Khan, the current WBA light-welterweight champion, has been mooted.



Any return to the ring may now be in jeopardy following today's accusations.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: Office Manager

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Have you been doing a brilliant job in an admi...

Recruitment Genius: Interim Head of HR

£50000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you an innovative, senior H...

Recruitment Genius: Human Resources and Payroll Administrator

£20000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client, a very well respect...

Recruitment Genius: HR Consultant

£25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An HR Consultant is required to join thi...

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

Homeless Veterans campaign

Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable