Ricky Hatton's father arrested over gym 'assault' on son

Ricky and Ray Hatton Ricky Hatton (left) is understood to have argued with his father, Ray, outside his gym in Hyde

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The father of boxer Ricky Hatton was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his son the day before he announced his comeback, it has emerged.

Ray Hatton, 61, was given a police caution following the incident outside Ricky's Greater Manchester gym on Market Street, Hyde, on Thursday.

It is understood that Hatton, 33, had to protect himself during a heated row in the car park but was not injured.

Both Ray Hatton and his son's agent declined to comment on the incident.

'Redeem myself'

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: "Shortly before 11:45 BST on Thursday, police received reports that there had been a fight involving two men outside a health and fitness club on Market Street.

"A 33-year-old man was assaulted by a 61-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of common assault and subsequently given a police caution."

On Friday, Ricky Hatton announced he would be returning to the ring, more than three years since his last bout.

He said: "It's more than a comeback. I'm fighting to redeem myself."

Hatton was stripped of his licence to box in September 2010 and fined £20,000 plus costs after allegations he used cocaine.

He then spent time in a rehabilitation clinic.

The boxer officially retired in 2011 with a record of 45 wins and two defeats.

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