Hatton fined, stripped of licence to fight

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British boxing authorities have fined former world champion Ricky Hatton £20,000 and withdrawn his licence to fight for bringing the sport into disrepute through drink and drug abuse.

The British Boxing Board of Control said in a statement that Hatton, who has not fought since he was stopped by Filipino Manny Pacquaio in Las Vegas in May 2009, would be allowed to keep his promoter's licence.

However, the former welterweight and light-welterweight champion had his licences to manage and act as a second, or assistant, withdrawn.

Hatton, 31, voluntarily entered rehabilitation 10 days ago after newspaper allegations of cocaine use that are being investigated by police.

The BBBC said Hatton, who has been described by his spokesman Max Clifford as "distraught and devastated" by the revelations, was represented by lawyers at a stewards' hearing on Wednesday.

"The Board is especially concerned to keep the sport of boxing free from drugs, whether taken for recreational or performance-enhancing reasons and to be vigilant in identifying and dealing with cases of alcohol abuse," the statement said.

"The Board found Ricky Hatton guilty of misconduct in that his actions and behaviour were detrimental to the interests of boxing and to the public interest and that he had brought the sport into disrepute.

"Ricky Hatton is not an active boxer and his current physical condition is such that the Board decided to withdraw his boxer's licence."

The Board said Hatton's present circumstances made it "wholly inappropriate" that he should have close, day to day contact with active boxers as a manager or second.

It added that it had given "long and hard consideration" about the Manchester fighter's promoter's licence but had decided not to take it away because of the effect that would have on innocent employees of Hatton Promotions.

Hatton, who regularly ballooned in weight before fasting dramatically for his fights, won 45 of his 47 bouts as a professional.

Hatton fined, stripped of licence to fight - Yahoo! Eurosport

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fook sake,
talk about kicking a man when he's down.....
 

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Got what he deserved. So many youngsters looked up to him and aspired to be him, then he lets everyone down by taking drugs.

I think he should be kicked out of the sport all together. And the same with anyone who has a duty of being a role model.
 

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He's only got himself to blame. :(

Hope he manages to sort himself out soon.
 

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Can't believe the effects of defeat by pacquaio appears to have affected him to the point that he has let himself and his supporters down in such a severe manner.
I like others think that Sports Persons, Celebrities etc etc in high profile positions that young people look up to as hero's or idols should all be removed from the position should they be found to be in breech of the rules governing there position or stature.
This is self inflicted and unfortunately as much as i have admired Ricky Hatton he deserves what he gets and owes it to himself and boxing to now show and educate others that he can reverse this and get back to helping in the career he so greatly promoted for years.
 
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