Hatton's boxing license revoked

Former light welterweight champion Ricky Hatton had his boxing license revoked in England in the...

Former light welterweight champion Ricky Hatton had his boxing license revoked in England in the wake of reported drug use. (REUTERS)

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LONDON, England -- Former light welterweight champion Ricky Hatton had his boxing license revoked in England in the wake of reported drug use.

A British tabloid published photos of Hatton allegedly using cocaine in an English hotel room.

The British Boxing Board of Control stripped Hatton of his license on Thursday, a day after a hearing with the former champion.

"The Board is especially concerned to keep the sport of boxing free from drugs, whether taken for recreational or performance-enhancing reasons, and to be vigilant in identifying and dealing with cases of alcohol abuse," the Board said in a statement on Thursday.

"At the hearing, the Board found Ricky Hatton guilty of misconduct in that his actions and behavior were detrimental to the interests of boxing and to the public interest and that he had brought the sport into disrepute."

Hatton has not fought since a loss to Manny Pacquiao in May 2009. He has a record of 45-2 with 32 knockouts.

The Board also fined Hatton $31,000, but decided against pulling his promoter's license.


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