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Kenny Egan to take the fight to addiction by becoming a counsellor

Published 18/01/2014 | 11:24

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Kenny Egan

Olympic boxing hero Kenny Egan and current mentor on RET’s ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’ has revealed he wants to become an addiction counsellor.

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Egan, 32, had a well publicised alcohol and pornography addiction following his silver medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and has said that he wants to uncover more about addiction disorders.

The boxer is a regular on our screens at the moment as one of four mentors assisting 12 families battle it out for a €15,000 first prize as part of RTE’s new show.

And Egan himself is no stranger to battles outside the ring and in his autobiography 'Kenny Egan – My Story' released in 2011 he unveiled the shocking story of his addictions to porn, booze and escort girls as he slid to rock bottom.

“Sometimes I wish Beijing never happened because it seems cheap to sell yourself for just a single piece of silver," he said.

The Dubliner has since said that blaming his woes on a medal was “nonsense” and took steps to improve his life for the better, starting with help from the AA.

Now he has said that he hopes to become an addiction counsellor as his experiences can help him relate to others in the same situation he found himself.

Ireland’s Fittest Family airs on RTE tonight at 7.30pm.

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