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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Ricky Hatton stripped of boxing license due to drug use

After newspaper published a photo and revealed his drug use, former Boxing champ Ricky Hatton was found guilty of misconduct by the British Boxing Board of Control and was stripped of his boxing license.

The English Hitman was also fined $31,000 at the board hearing Wednesday but can still work as a promoter.

The board issued statement: "The board found Ricky Hatton guilty of misconduct in that his actions and behavior 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 license."

"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 31-year-old boxer is currently at a rehabilitation clinic and facing a police inquiry.

Hatton last fight is with Manny Pacquiao in May 2009 in which the Filipino champ knockout him out, since then he has been diagnosed with depression and a drinking problem by a specialist.

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