Fallen former boxing champion Lee McAllister today apologised for the assault that broke a man’s jaw and landed him a nine-month jail sentence.
The 33-year-old was released having served 10 weeks at HMP Grampian in Peterhead for the assault on Jonathan Hay in the city centre last July.
Retired boxer McAllister, a former two weight Commonwealth champion, is currently tagged on Home Detention Curfew until April.
In an exclusive interview with the Evening Express, McAllister revealed the hardest part of his jail time was being separated from daughters Liyah, 7, and Lexiy, 5.
He also struggled to cope with life outside the ring following his 2013 retirement due to injury and with the death of his mother Diane from cancer at the age of 55 the following year.
He said: “I want to apologise to anyone I have upset or let down and to those who have looked up to me through my boxing over the years.
“I embarrassed myself, my kids and the fans who had followed me.
“I was a role model to young kids coming through and I let them down by going to jail.
“Now I will keep my head down and take what good I can from this to make sure no mistakes are made again in the future. I don’t intend on going back to jail.”
McAllister was locked up last December having admitted assault to severe injury as a single punch broke Mr Hay’s jaw at the city’s Marmaris kebab shop on July 17.
He said: “I didn’t want to break his jaw, I just wanted to keep him away.
“If I saw him today I would say I don’t know what kicked it off.
“I don’t know you, or your girlfriend, but hopefully it is in the past now and we can move on.
“I am sorry that I broke his jaw.
“That night I was on my way home at 1am because I knew I was drunk so I am disappointed I got myself into that situation.”
McAllister has also been banned from Aberdeen city centre, and its licensed premises, indefinitely following the granting of an antisocial behaviour order (Asbo).
He believes he was made a an example of due to his high-profile boxing career.
“I knew people in prison who had two or three serious assaults and attempted murders on their record but are still not on a ban from the city centre,” he said.
“It was my job to box, it doesn’t mean I’m a violent person.”
McAllister retired in 2013 over injury concerns.
Now he aims to focus on his personal fitness and training academy.
He said: “I wish I had just stuck with the boxing, if I had I would probably have been alright.
“When I lost my mum that was a massive turnaround for me as she went quite young to cancer, she was only 55.
“That was a killer for me as I was so close to my mum, as were my girls, but I had to stay strong for them.
“My whole life just closed in on me from that point. It was so difficult to deal with but as a family we were strong and were there for one another.
“I bottled everything up – too much.”