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Hatton and Tyson slam match fixing in candid interview

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Ricky Hatton and Mike Tyson have both used an upcoming interview with BT Sport to soundly reject the idea of fixing sport through fixing or performance enhancing drugs, insisting the search for glory should outweigh any temptation to cheat.

Both men, who made respective millions during storied careers in the ring, insisted that knowing how it felt to be the best within the law felt far better than any financial gain to be made through fixing.

Hatton said: "I went into boxing to try and be the best. So anybody that takes a bribe or performance enhancing drugs, if you win you're not proving that you're better, you're beating him because you've had some help from something else."

Tyson echoed those sentiments, while remaining adamant that he was so driven to succeed that he could have never been swayed with a bribe.

He said: "I'm so glory orientated, I wouldn't want to, all I ever wanted to do was fight and win.

Hatton also made the revelation that he wouldn't change his old drinking habits if he could go back, because it was part of what won the hearts and minds of a nation during his rise to prominence.

The 'Hitman' explained: "I tell all my young fighters, don't do that, but I wouldn't change it for the world, it made my fanbase what it was".

Both fighters also spoke of the differing relationships with their parents:

Tyson revealed: "My parents were both extreme people, and I was extreme", whereas Hatton commented on the fall-out with his parents:

"It was the hardest thing, falling out with my parents. But you've got to be in that position before you can judge".

Hatton, who suffered from depression among his demons during his first retirement from the sport, spoke of his pride at his fanbase:

"I've always got wonderful support from Manchester City and Manchester United fans. I like to think I brought Manchester football fans together."

Tyson then gleefully joked, "I've never heard of Manchester City."

Both men have recently released autobiographies detailing their exploits in and out of the ring for the public to read, giving fight fans the chance to delve deeper into the lives of two of the sport's most engaging characters.

Mike Tyson and Ricky Hatton were speaking on The Clare Balding Show, to see the full interview tune in to BT Sport 1 at 9pm on Saturday 14th December

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