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'I couldn't handle it anymore. Three days before the weigh-in, I went missing'

Dublin boxer Keane McMahon talks to The42 about how a gambling addiction almost derailed his professional boxing career, just as it was starting.


PROFESSIONAL BOXER KEANE McMahon will step into the ring for the third time as a professional this evening on the Celtic Clash V card in Drimnagh, Dublin.

But things could have been very different for the 2-0 Dublin native, whose boxing career was on the line six months ago as he fought a gambling addiction.

“I had €600 ticket money that I was to give to my manager. I went to the bookies, and it was gone in 10 minutes.”

On the road to recovery now, we caught up with ‘The Iceman’ to hear about his promising boxing career and how he is overcoming his demons.

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