Boxing - Ricky Hatton: I tried to kill myself on 'four, five, six occasions'

Ricky Hatton has admitted that he came close to committing suicide so many times that he can't even remember the exact number.

Boxing - Ricky Hatton: I tried to kill myself on 'four, five, six occasions'

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Ricky Hatton

The former boxing champion reveals that a voice inside his head kept telling him to end it all in his forthcoming autobiography, extracts of which have been published in the Sun.

Hatton details how he turned to drink and drugs after losing to Floyd Mayweather in 2007 before encountering even worse problems when Manny Pacquiao knocked him out in 2009.

Hatton writes about one suicide attempt in detail in his book: "I walk through the back door and into the kitchen. I quickly reach for one of the carving knives and hold it at my wrist," he writes.

"I lift the blade and terrible thoughts come into my head. How could I have let everyone down? Why does it have to end like this?

"If there is not going to be a happy ending, perhaps I should end it sooner rather than later.

"'Come on Ricky. You can do it. No one gives a f*** about you. Do it. Do it,' repeats a voice.

"The cold blade makes contact. I break the skin, pierce the flesh of my wrist. I just want to die.

"But I can't go ahead with it. I don't know why. Then I drop the knife and burst into tears.

"The suicide attempts happened on four, five, six occasions – I can't remember exactly how many times. They aren't exactly nice memories."

Hatton said he was losing himself in "Guinness after Guinness" and didn't care what he looked like.

He says he has got help from Tony Adams' Sporting Chance clinic which has allowed him to manage his depression.

"The depression will never leave me. It's now about how I cope and I'm getting better. Problems will always raise their head, but I'm in a happy place," he writes.

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