Boxing: Hatton heads for rehab to deal with problem, says Clifford

Ricky Hatton plans to enter a rehabilitation clinic today following reports this weekend of cocaine use, and will await advice over how his recovery can proceed from there.

Asked whether Hatton would be heading into rehab, his publicist Max Clifford said: "That's the plan. It's a case of going there, talking to them, seeing what they're going to suggest and then hopefully by this afternoon we'll have a better idea.

"I spoke to him yesterday and he's very, very flat. He just feels he's let everybody down."

Clifford, who was on Saturday night called by a representative of Hatton and asked to speak on his behalf, would not be drawn on what the episode may mean for the 31-year-old's future plans. Hatton renewed his boxing licence in July and has never ruled out a return to the ring, a stance he reinforced last week in a column for the Manchester Evening News.

Clifford said: "It's too early. I don't know exactly what happened, all I know, like you, is what I read in the News of the World. He obviously was very, very drunk at the time.

"We'll find out more over the next two or three days. The most important thing is that he now faces up to [the fact] that he has got a problem and that he sorts himself out."

The newspaper 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.

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