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Ricky Hatton - drug shame boxer says sorry to fans

Former world boxing champion Ricky Hatton today issues an apology for his descent into drink and drugs, promising he never took cocaine during his professional career.

The 31-year-old, who is to be investigated by police over allegations he snorted cocaine in a hotel room, was admitted to a rehabilitation clinic on Monday.

During an interview on ITV's Daybreak, Hatton who was secretly filmed taking what is alleged to be lines of the class A drug on a night out, admits he “dabbled in it” while struggling to deal with the humiliation of sporting lows.

Acknowledging he “upset fans”, he says: “Sorry is not a big enough word for what I want to say to them.” The father-of-one, who is unable to remember when he first took cocaine — or how frequently — insists his life went downhill after he retired from the sport that he loved.

Hatton has previously attributed his fall from grace to his retirement.The interview will be broadcast at 7.30am.

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