Friday, September 24, 2010

Boxer Hatton's fight license withdrawn | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features

Boxer Hatton's fight license withdrawn | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, FeaturesEveryone's weighing in on Ricky "Fatty" Hatton's loss of his boxing license. Hatton says he doesn't have a drinking/cocaine problem but the British board which licenses boxers thinks otherwise.

The loss of a license to fight in England does not necessarily translate into the loss of his license to fight elsewhere, but it's a moot point. Hatton is an enterprising, likable, and entertaining personality but his career lost lustre in his defeats, and his out of boxing behavior likely wreaked havoc on his physical skills.

Hatton was a good fighter, but not a top-tier fighter. I hope he can get over his beer and coke problems and discover that life has excitement beyond what the ring provides. We do understand the unparalleled excitement which comes from climbing into a boxing ring under hot lights of television and the roaring of the crowd, but booze and drugs can't fill that hole.

Ricky Hatton has to make a good life outside the ring. He still has his promoter's license. He can help others, first of all by serving as a model and giving up on self-medication.

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