Seamus McDonagh, from Enfield in Co Meath, was once the 9th ranked Heavyweight boxer in the world.
Aged 27, he fought legendary Evander ‘Real Deal’ Holyfield and was promised that if he won, he would earn $25 million in his next fight.
But he was defeated by Holyfield, and in his next fight, he suffered brain damage and was forced into retirement.
With his career over, he became depressed and suicidal and said that the only thing he lived for was drinking.
In the first part of this interview, McDonagh talks to our reporter Diarmuid Pepper about how he got into boxing, his fight with Holyfield, and his depression and suicidal ideations once his boxing career came to an abrupt end:
In the second part of our interview with former heavyweight boxer Seamus McDonagh, Diarmuid Pepper began by asking him if he regretted his boxing career.
McDonagh also talks about how the 12 Steps Programme helped turned his life around and speaks about his role on the Off-Broadway play ‘Kid Shamrock’: