British boxing legend Ken Buchanan is being treated at Royal Edinburgh Hospital for alcohol addiction after being found drunk on a park bench in Leith towards the end of the summer.
Stories in the Scottish media say the 69 year-old’s health is causing family concern as the former unified world lightweight champion battles his demons which have reportedly resulted in Buchanan being admitted to a psychiatric ward.
Buchanan claimed the WBA and WBC titles at 135lbs in 1971 with a stunning fifteen round victory over Ruben Navarro in Los Angeles, California and enjoyed a sixteen-month reign before being dethroned by the great Roberto Duran. European and domestic titles followed, along with a failed attempt to regain the WBC belt in 1975, until Buchanan finally retired in 1982 on the back of four straight defeats against less-than stellar opposition.
This latest news adds to a sad demise for one of the most respected UK fighters in the sport, who has been divorced twice in the past and has continually attempted to straighten himself out without success.
Son Raymond, who also confirmed that Buchanan is suffering from memory loss, spoke to the Edinburgh Evening News about his heartbreak at the current predicament his father finds himself in.
“It is so sad thinking of him in that state. He achieved so much in his career and is worth so much more than that,” said Raymond.
“I’m very worried and hope he can recover. He has obviously had his issues with alcohol, which he has spoken publicly about before.
“But he was doing OK and was training young boxers in the gym. Unfortunately it’s now come to this. My heart is with him.”