Olympic boxing hero Kenny Egan today publicly apologised for failing to show up at Ireland’s international fight last week with the US.
The Dublin-born southpaw, who has spent the last few days apparently hiding out in New York, said he got caught up in the world of celebrity and was finding it difficult.
The silver medalist also announced that he will not now box on the undercard at Bernard Dunne’s world title fight in Dublin later this month.
In a statement, issued through the Irish Sports Council (ISC), Egan also apologised to his mother and family for recent media attention over his personal relationships with women.
“Kenny knows he has largely fed the media commentary and wishes to hold his hands up and again apologise to all involved,” the statement said.
“He has found dealing with the success and the new-found fame it brings very challenging, and he says himself that he hasn’t handled it appropriately, and [he] put himself out there in the celebrity world and got caught up in it.”
Former publicist Liam Gaskin said he would not be representing Egan commercially for the foreseeable future as the ISC was taking the fighter under its wings.
“He’s going to refocus purely and simply on nothing other than boxing,” said Mr Gaskin.
“Because A, that’s what he wants to do; B, it’s what we all want him to do; and C, it’s what’s best for him.”
Egan said he wanted to express his sincerest apologies to everyone and in particular all those people that supported him through his journey to last year’s Beijing Olympics.
“Kenny while trying to please everybody left himself open to all sorts of requests which ultimately left him in a position where he couldn’t meet his commitments,” said the statement.
Egan said that he was not in condition to compete on the Dunne title fight card at The O2 in Dublin and again apologised for any inconvenience this has caused.
Ireland’s only silver medal in Beijing was won by Egan, while Irish boxers Darren Sutherland and Paddy Barnes both clinched bronze.