Hatton, a brutally honest and deeply personal documentary film with unprecedented access to Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton will air on Sky Documentaries & NOW on August 31.
The 90-minute film will explore Hatton’s life in and outside of the ring – charting his journey from the Hattersley estate near Manchester to headlining on the Las Vegas strip.
The documentary also offers extraordinary access to the boxing icon, with honest words from the 44-year-old himself, his closest friends, family and peers on a range of topics.
Hatton’s battle with mental health features prominently in the film and illustrates the ‘depression, addiction and shame’ that followed his defeats by Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
The film reveals how Hatton’s estrangement from his family for nearly a decade and how the split from his coach pushed the 44-year-old to his absolute rock bottom and an attempted suicide.
Hatton, a brutally honest and deeply personal documentary film with unprecedented access to Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton will air on Sky Documentaries & NOW on August 31
The 90-minute film will explore Hatton’s life in and outside of the ring – charting his journey from the Hattersley estate near Manchester to headlining on the Las Vegas strip
Sky say the ‘the documentary showcases this cautionary tale and inspirational story of a man forced to navigate a path through fragile relationships and broken dreams as he attempts to make sense of a life that appeared destined for a happy ending’.
The trailer for the documentary film, which airs today, sees Hatton say: ‘I was champion four times over but I consider myself a failure. I wasn’t supposed to end this way.’
The trailer also features raw footage from Hatton boxing as a child, training in the gym as a pro and his family screaming while sitting ringside at one of his fights.
The documentary is being regarded as a definitive portrait of a unique, working-class hero and one of the world’s most beloved boxers. It comes as no surprise fans are champing at the bit to watch it.
The Hitman is lauded as one of the popular British boxers of all time. Fans were disappointed to see Hatton walk away from the sport in 2011 but realised it was in the boxer’s best interests.
Hatton initially retired more than two years after he was knocked out by Manny Pacquiao before returning to the ring to face Vyacheslav Senchenko in 2012. However, he was stopped in the ninth round of their fight.
As a result, Hatton decided to hang up his gloves for good – with a record of 45 wins – 32 of which were by knockout – and just three defeats.
Hatton’s battle with mental health features prominently in the film and illustrates the ‘depression, addiction and shame’ that followed his defeats against Mayweather and Pacquiao
At the time of his official retirement, Hatton said: ‘A fighter knows when it’s not there, and it’s not there. I’ve had too many fights and burnt the candles at both ends.
‘I’ve lost four and half stone for this and my sparring was great but I’m not going to put myself through that torture again.
‘I got the answers. I was crying in the ring and no doubt I’ll be crying tonight but I’m happy. I had to go in there and find out and I did.
‘I’ve no complaints. It’s been three and a half years and you all know the story. I needed to put a few demons to rest and I said before the fight I felt I’d already won and that hasn’t changed.’
RICKY ‘THE HITMAN’ HATTON
1978 – October 6: Born in Stockport, Greater Manchester.
1996 – Captures bronze medal at the World Amateur Championships.
1997 – September 11: Makes professional debut under the guidance of trainer Billy Graham and knocks out Colin McAuley in the first round at Kingsway Leisure Centre in Widnes.
1999 – Claims first pro title with a second-round TKO win against Tommy Peacock for the vacant Central Area light-welterweight title.
2000 – October 21: Beats Jon Thaxton on points to win the British light-welterweight title.
2001 – March 26: Wins vacant ‘fringe’ WBU light-welterweight title with fourth-round stoppage of Tony Pep.
2002 – June 1: Suffers first knockdown of his career in opening round against Eamonn Magee, but battles back to win on points.
2005 – June 4: Shocks the world by beating Kostya Tszyu, considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, in Manchester, winning the IBF light-welterweight title.
November 26: Overcomes nasty cuts to beat Carlos Maussa and add WBA crown to his IBF title.
December 21: Becomes first British fighter to receive the prestigious Ring Magazine ‘Fighter of the Year’ award.
2006 – Moves up to welterweight division and labours to victory against Luis Collazo, claiming the WBA title.
December: Awarded MBE in New Year’s Honours list.
2007 – January 20: Knocks out Jose Luis Castillo, retaining IBO belt and winning WBC international light-welterweight title, which was later vacated.
June: Hatton’s team agree terms with the camp of Floyd Mayweather for a December 8 fight in Las Vegas.
December 8: Knocked out in the 10th round by Mayweather in the first defeat of his professional career.
2008 – May 24: Retains IBO light-welterweight title by securing a unanimous points verdict against Juan Lazcano in front of 55,000 supporters at Manchester City’s Eastlands stadium.
July 29: Announces split from long-time trainer Billy Graham.
September 3: Announces he will be trained by Floyd Mayweather Snr for his November fight with Paulie Malignaggi.
November 22: Wins light-heavyweight bout with Malignaggi in Las Vegas after the American’s corner retire him in the 11th round.
2009 – May 2: Hatton’s reign as light-welterweight world champion comes to a brutal end as Filipino fighter Manny Pacquiao delivers a stunning second-round knockout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
August 11: Hatton confirms an all-British fight against Amir Khan is ‘a possibility’.
2010 – January 13: Hatton announces he will return to the ring in 2010.
September 13: A spokesman for Hatton confirms the fighter has entered a rehabilitation facility due to ‘severe depression’ and a ‘drink problem’.
September 23: The British Boxing Board of Control announce they have withdrawn Hatton’s boxer’s licence.
2011 – July 7: Announces his retirement from boxing, more than two years after his defeat to Pacquiao.
2012 – September 14: Confirms at a press conference that he is to return to the ring, with a November 24 bout at the Manchester Arena against an as yet unnamed opponent.
September 28: Confirms he will take on Ukraine’s former WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko in his comeback fight.
November 24: Stopped in the ninth round by Senchenko. Announces retirement.