Fighting for a better life, boxer talks about overcoming addiction

By Caley Chelios

Dave Englund, 48,  was a boxer and an ultimate fighter, but his biggest battle was not in the ring, it was his struggle with drug addiction and alcoholism.

Englund was 22 when he hit rock bottom. Since then he’s fought his way back and transformed his life. He’s married and has two adopted sons from Russia. He also owns a gym, Ultimate Fitness in Morton Grove, IL.

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Photo at the top: Dave Englund yells encouragement at gym members (Caley Chelios/MEDILL)