Former world champion Ricky Hatton has revealed he tried to kill himself every time during his battle with depression.

The British boxing legend was speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme about the help boxers need when they retire.

I tried to kill myself several times,

I used to go to the pub, come back, take the knife out and sit there in the dark crying hysterically.

Hatton who is now a trainer and promoter, was stripped of his boxing licence back in 2011 for using cocaine and retired just a year later.

I was coming off the rails with my drinking and that led to drugs. It was like a runaway train.

Hatton made clear that more needs to be done to help boxers with their mental state.

Most recently, former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury vacated his titles after he admitted to using cocaine earlier this year.

Hatton revealed the background of boxers was one of the reasons as to why fighters often have mental health issues.

The thing is with boxers, we don’t come from Cambridge and places like that, we come from council estates. So in boxing it’s very, very hard. If boxing had a professional boxing association or something like that, I think it would be a better place.