PUNCH DRUNK RICKY

Hat­ton stag­gered around bar

Daily Star - - FRONT PAGE - by OLIVER PRITCHARD

SOZ­ZLED box­ing leg­end Ricky Hat­ton left fans fear­ing for his health af­ter he stum­bled around a bar in Tener­ife with his T-shirt over his head.

A BOOZED-up Ricky Hat­ton has been filmed stag­ger­ing around a Tener­ife bar with his T-shirt over his head.

The ex-boxer, 40, falls over dur­ing the 45-sec­ond clip and has to be picked up as he tries to dance to Lionel Richie’s hit All Night Long.

Ex-wel­ter­weight and light wel­ter­weight cham­pion Ricky had been en­joy­ing a few drinks at the Dubliner pub.

A source said: “Ricky is well known in Tener­ife and vis­its sev­eral times a year.

“He al­ways vis­its the same bars and likes a drink or two.

“It looks like he over­did it this time. He was so drunk he could barely stand.

“Sadly, it isn’t the first time this has hap­pened.

“I hope it’s the last but I’m not hold­ing my breath.”

The video went vi­ral, gain­ing thou­sands of com­ments from wor­ried fans.

One wrote: “Ricky Hat­ton strug­gling with re­tire­ment, pro box­ing is a hard space to fill. Very up­set­ting to

watch. Let’s hope he gets some help. He was a top notch boxer back in the day.”

An­other said: “Just seen a video of Ricky Hat­ton... what a fall from grace for such a great cham­pion... sad.”

And a third com­mented: “All jokes aside I hope Ricky Hat­ton gets some help, he clearly needs it and is a bit s*** to see how far he’s fallen.” Last night a pal said the video was a “moun­tain out of a mole­hill”.

He added: “It was a few days ago, he’s on hol­i­day, he’s with his friends.

“He’s fine. He’s just had one too many on a night out.”

HOW sad to see Ricky Hat­ton in such a state on hol­i­day.

The fighter looked worse for wear dur­ing a night out and had to be hauled off the floor af­ter one too many.

It’s dis­tress­ing to see a true sport­ing hero like that.

Ricky was one of the finest fighters of his gen­er­a­tion. But he has ad­mit­ted to hav­ing demons in the past.

He has had a well-doc­u­mented struggle with drink and drugs over the years.

And it must be dif­fi­cult to find fo­cus af­ter you re­tire.

So the lat­est in­ci­dent is wor­ry­ing. But it’s worth re­mem­ber­ing this can hap­pen to any­one at any time. Hope­fully Ricky takes the steps he needs.

HEY­DAY: With Noel Gal­lagher af­ter a 2008 fight

■ NOT PRETTY: Ricky act­ing up in Tener­ife

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