‘I fell on my a*** p***** one night, I used to fall on my a*** every night… need to get rid of that belly though’: Ricky Hatton plays down concerns over his health after he was filmed falling over during holiday in Tenerife
- A video showing Ricky Hatton falling over in a Tenerife bar emerged on Monday
- The ex-world champion is seen being helped back up after a drinking session
- Fans quickly became concerned for the health of Hatton given his history
- But he insisted he was fine but joked he does ‘need to get rid of that belly though’
Retired boxer Ricky Hatton has insisted he is fine after being filmed stumbling to the ground after a drinking session on holiday in Tenerife that left fans fearing for his health.
Dancing to the sound of ‘All Night Long’ by Lionel Richie, Hatton is seen on video with a white shirt pulled over his head before he falls to the ground inside the bar.
But while there was concern from the ex-fighter’s fans, the former world championship issued a statement assuring fans he was healthy.
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Ricky Hatton was filmed dancing in a bar in Tenerife with a white tee-shirt pulled over his head as fans were left concerned for the health of the 40-year-old former world champion boxer
Hatton is captured falling over on video but a source told Sportsmail he is ‘totally fine’
Hatton said on Twitter: ‘Just a message re the c*** in the papers to my friends & fans as I’m sure they might be concerned. I went to Tenerife for 10 nights.
‘I went out six nights and stayed in four nights. I had my girls for three days & spent the vast majority with my whole family. Look on my insta.
‘It just so happens I fell on my a*** p***** one night. Jesus who hasn’t done that on holiday? Used to fall on me a*** every night. Need to get rid of that belly tho. All good. The hitman.’
The video emerged on Monday evening but it is believed it was taken a few days earlier.
A number of people inside the bar can be seen recording Hatton before he takes a fall.
Hatton was enjoying himself along with friends inside the Dubliner Irish Pub in Tenerife and it appears he was tripped with the group messing around.
Fans were quickly fearful for the health of the Mancunian with one user writing on Twitter: ‘I don’t feel the need or desire to share it, but the video of Ricky Hatton that’s been circulating is bleak. I hope he can get some help.’
Another added: ‘Doesn’t look good, even worse that people straight out with phones. We love to hit people when they’re down for some reason.’
‘The Ricky Hatton video is just depressing,’ a third fan wrote.
Hatton is out on holiday with his family and has been active on his social media posting what he and his children have been up to with the rest of his family, all of whom are out enjoying a trip away together.
The 40-year-old is away with his extended family and was all smiles at a dinner in Tenerife
On Monday night, the last of the trip, he posted a story to his Instagram page showing him having a quiet night in a pub with Sky’s Monday Night Football on in the background.
He has had trips to the zoo and has also posted his family relaxing on the beach as he looks to take advantage of the summer holidays.
But the video that emerged on Monday raised fears for his health from loyal supporters given his history.
The 40-year-old’s battle with drug and drink addiction has been well documented and he has been open on his suicidal thoughts following his defeat to Floyd Mayweather Jnr in 2007.
He has been open about struggles with mental health following defeat by Floyd Mayweather
Hatton (right) now trains fighters and works with heavyweight Nathan Gorman (L)
He told the Manchester Evening News: ‘I was always very depressed, even when I was a youngster. And then I had loads of success at boxing and then I didn’t.
‘First time I had my defeat, it was very hard to come to terms with. I didn’t care whether I lived or died.’
Since hanging up his gloves Hatton has turned to training and promoting fighters.
While he has a number of fighters under Hatton Promotions, his recent work has seen him in the corner training boxers including Nathan Gorman- who recently lost to Daniel Dubois – and Love Island star Tommy Fury.