Ricky Hatton's father arrested for attacking former champ

CBSSports.com wire reports

Hatton was reportedly struck by his father in a parking lot before announcing his comeback. (Getty Images)  
Hatton was reportedly struck by his father in a parking lot before announcing his comeback. (Getty Images)  

MANCHESTER, England -- The father of British boxer Ricky Hatton was arrested for attacking the former two-weight world champion in a heated argument in a parking lot.

Britain's Press Association says Ray Hatton, 61, was arrested by police on suspicion of common assault of his son and given a caution.

The incident occurred outside a gym in Manchester on Thursday, the day before the younger Hatton announced he was coming out of retirement, more than three years after his last fight.

Police say the 33-year-old Hatton, whose nickname is "Hitman," wasn't injured in the incident with his father.

Hatton won world titles in the welterweight and light-welterweight divisions and has a 45-2 record.

In the three years since his retirement, however, Hatton said he'd seen his life "turn to mush." Several well-publicized setbacks saw Hatton entering rehabilitation after he was accused of cocaine abuse, according to the Daily Mail. Hatton also reportedly had problems with depression and alcoholism that dogged him following his last professional fight, when Manny Pacquiao knocked him out in their IBO light-welterweight title fight in Las Vegas.

"I don't want people telling my kids that I blew it," Hatton said at a press conference Thursday. "I want my kids to be able to say, 'He was a world champion -- he had his problems but, my, did he bounce back.' "

Hatton announced he would return to the ring on Nov. 24 in Manchester.

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