Ricky Hatton was one of the best celebrated boxers of his generation, possibly one of the most popular British boxers in history, he became famous in America for the small army of loyal fans he would take to his fights in Vegas and as a result had great commercial appeal with the big TV networks. Hatton was undefeated in his first 38 fights and during his career held the WBA, IBF and IBO belts at light-welterweight titles, as well as the WBA welterweight title.
He quit boxing after a devastating 2nd round knockout by Filipino Manny Pacquiao in 2009 and subsequently announced his retirement from boxing. Not long after retirement a British tabloid expose published photos of Hatton snorting cocaine. Hatton would later admit that he succumbed to depression after the first defeat of his career to Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas in 2007 and started drinking heavily and snorting cocaine, he also admitted contemplating suicide.
Hatton entered rehab in 2010 to clean himself up set himself up as a boxing trainer and promoter. In 2012 he announced that he planned to return to the ring and scheduled a fight with Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko. The Road To Redemption is a 2012 TV documentary filmed in the months leading up to that comeback fight and shows the viewer the motivations behind Hatton’s return, the steps he was taking to prepare for his comeback, and features Hatton talking candidly about the high points and low points of his career.
Much was written in the media about Hatton’s mental breakdown, depression, alcoholism and cocaine use, in this documentary you hear it all from the man himself. The filmmakers had full access to his family and his training camp, an excellent documentary.
In 2014 Hatton published his autobiography, War and Peace: My Story, in which he writes extensively about his battles with depression and his road to redemption. It is available in paperback hardback, and kindle editions.