CHAMP NOT CHUMP –
Feb. 9, 2021 – The documentary, which will air on TG4 next Wednesday, February 10, at 9.30pm, looks at the worst degrees of Kenneth’s alcoholism, his experience as a sportsman and his early childhood.
“The documentary covers when I started off as a boxer in Neilstown right up to the Olympic Stadium,” Kenneth told The Echo.
When asked if he was nervous about the documentary being released, and covering such intensely personal topics, Kenneth said: “I laid all my cards on the table when I decided to get sober 10 years ago.
“The documentary is a personal journey, and people wouldn’t know the ins and outs of my early childhood.
“I didn’t like school, so I started boxing when I was eight and, then when I was about 13 or 14, I started drinking – and I liked them both.
“I used to say that when I started drinking it was because I fell in with the wrong crowd, but that was nonsense. I made those decisions.”
Kenneth’s struggle with alcoholism reached a fever pitch when he returned home after winning a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and he became the subject of intense media attention.