Published September 12, 2010
English boxer Ricky Hatton's family said Sunday they will "stand by and support him" after he was caught on film apparently taking cocaine, Sky News reported.
The News of the World claims the former light welterweight champion went on a 10-hour drink and drugs binge two weeks ago in a Manchester hotel room.
The 31-year-old snorted seven lines of cocaine in three separate drug sessions that night, while drinking 11 pints of Guinness, four vodkas, two glasses of wine and several Sambucas, the Sunday tabloid newspaper said.
The paper quoted a friend who witnessed the scene as saying: "If he carries on he'll kill himself. I'm really, really worried for him."
A source later told Sky News: "Ricky Hatton's family will stand by and support him following the cocaine allegations in the News Of The World."
Hatton has hung up his gloves after a career that earned him an estimated $76 million.
His last fight was in May 2009, when he was knocked out in two rounds by Filipino world champion Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas.