AS VIEWERS OF RTÉ’s London 2012 coverage this summer would testify, Kenneth Egan is not afraid of taking risks.
The stonewashed denim jacket has been auctioned off for charity, however, and public appearances for December have been confined to switching on the Christmas lights in his native Clondalkin.
Egan, who won a silver medal in the ring at Beijing 2008, has set his sights on dethroning Irish light-heavyweight champion Joe Ward at the national championships next February.
“It will be a quiet Christmas for me,” Egan told TheScore.ie. “The focus is the national championships next year.”
He added, “There will be no comebacks from me. When I go, I go.
“I had 10 senior titles in a row and I’ve fought and won in matches all over the world. It won’ be easy when I do go but having a successful career makes it easier to step away.”
Fan of Freddie
Egan enjoyed his role as an RTÉ panellist during the Olympics and describes Katie Taylor’s celebrations after beating Team GB boxer Natasha Jonas as the defining moment of the games.
He added, “All of the Irish team boxed brilliantly. Adam Nolan was the real stand-out as he came into the tournament and was not on the radar. He got beaten by a good Russian in the end.”
The Neilstown native also cast his eye of the professional, four-round boxing debut of Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff.
The former English cricket player defeated Richard Dawson on points but may now end his career with an unblemished 1-0 record. Egain said:
Fair play to him for getting in the ring and giving it a go. From what I saw of the fight, it looked more like a white-collar boxing show.
“There are young pro’s that have been training for years and hardly making a living out of it so it would be good to see them getting some of the attention that Flintoff got.”