Sun – FORMER boxing champ Ricky Hatton’s dad was arrested for attacking his SON following a bust-up in a gym car park.
Hatton, 33, had to protect himself after dad Ray, 61, attacked him during a heated row. Hatton Snr went for the boxer — nicknamed The Hitman — after confronting him. It is believed they argued about Ricky’s decision to fight again and issues over his previous lifestyle. A witness said: “Ricky and his dad haven’t really talked for two years. Ray isn’t happy about Ricky’s lifestyle. Ray had gone to confront his son. There was a dispute in the car park seen by quite a few people. Ray took a swipe at him.”

This can’t be good for a boxer’s image. I mean it’s one thing if you’re getting beat up in the ring, but it’s an entirely different thing if you’re getting beat up by your 61 year old dad in a parking lot. Ricky Hatton “had to protect himself”? Jesus christ dude. You just announced that you’re coming out of retirement and the first thing you do is go and get your ass kicked by an old guy? I’m no boxing expert or anything, but I’m pretty sure that’s not the best way to start your comeback.

On another note, why can’t dads hit their kids anymore? A few backhands when you fucked up used to be commonplace, but now any parent lays a finger on their kid and it’s a goddamn national incident. Maybe if more parents were like Hatton’s dad here and just started a fist fight with their kid whenever they disagreed then we wouldn’t have all these soft hipsters running around complaining about shit. Be like “oh yeah son, you want to wear those skinny jeans in public? Well you’re gonna have to KO me first.”

No doubt fathers and sons trading blows on a regular basis would make America a better place.