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Former champion Hatton goes into rehab

Hatton (right) has not been seen in the ring since his defeat to Manny Pacquiao in May 2009.
Hatton (right) has not been seen in the ring since his defeat to Manny Pacquiao in May 2009.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Former light welterweight world boxing champion Ricky Hatton has entered rehab
  • The Briton has been diagnosed with having depression and a drink problem
  • A Sunday newspaper also published a video of Hatton allegedly taking cocaine
  • The 31-year-old has not fought since being losing to Manny Pacquiao in May 2009
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(CNN) -- Former welterweight and light-welterweight world champion Ricky Hatton has entered rehab after being diagnosed with having depression and a drink problem.

The news comes just 24 hours of The News of The World Sunday newspaper published a video alleging that Hatton took cocaine during a recent 10-hour drinking session.

Hatton's spokesman Max Clifford told the UK's Press Association: "Ricky's father has been talking to the specialists in recent weeks.

"He has been told Ricky's depression is severe and that he has a drink problem. The drugs are recent and not actually the problem.

"The specialists are very confident if Ricky does what they tell him with the treatment, therapy and advice, he can sort himself out."

Hatton has not fought since being knocked out in the second round by Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas in May 2009.

Although he has not officially hung up his gloves, Hatton has hinted about calling time on his career and has already begun promoting fights after taking out a licence.

However, the News of The World video also puts that career in doubt now, with the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) expected to question Hatton about the video, with the ultimate sanction being having his licence withdrawn.

"The Board want to see Ricky at the earliest opportunity and discuss the issues raised in the press accounts," BBBC chairman Charles Giles told reporters.

Hatton became a famous name in boxing for his aggressive style and reputation as a superb body puncher and has only been beaten by Pacquaio and Floyd Mayweather -- considered the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the world -- in his 47-fight career.