LONDON (AP) — Former world champion Ricky Hatton had his boxer’s license withdrawn on Thursday following newspaper revelations of drug use.
Hatton was found guilty of misconduct by the British Boxing Board of Control at a hearing on Wednesday. He was also fined 20,000 pounds ($31,000) but kept his promoter’s license.
The 31-year-old Hatton, who won four world titles across two weight divisions, was admitted to a rehabilitation clinic 10 days ago after a tabloid published pictures appearing to show him taking cocaine in a Manchester hotel room.
“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,” the board said in a statement. “Ricky Hatton is not an active boxer and his current physical condition is such that the board decided to withdraw his boxer’s license.”
Greater Manchester Police have said they will be speaking to Hatton after he has completed his rehabilitation.
Hatton, who has not fought since losing to Manny Pacquiao in May 2009, has been diagnosed with depression and a drinking problem by a specialist.
“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 added.