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Ex-Irish boxing champ 'confused' after gun attack

Paul Williams 
and Ralph Riegel

Published 06/08/2014 | 02:30

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Jamie Moore
Jamie Moore
Jamie Moore trains boxer Matthew Macklin
Jamie Moore trains boxer Matthew Macklin

A boxer shot outside the home of a major Irish gangster in an apparent case of mistaken identity has said that he is "gutted and confused" about what happened.

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Jamie Moore, who trains former Irish, British and European middleweight champion Matthew Macklin, has extensive Irish links himself, particularly in Co Kilkenny, where his mother is originally from.

He was shot in the leg and hip in Puerto Banus, Spain in the early hours of Sunday morning as he left a party at the home of well-known criminal Daniel Kinahan, the son of ex-pat Godfather Christy.

Following surgery, Moore, who has no involvement in crime, wrote online: "Thanks for all the well wishes. Overwhelmed. Gutted and confused about what happened, but thank God I'm OK."

He later added: "It's at times like this that you realise how well you're thought of. I've 
had unbelievable support."

The former middleweight champion's mother, Bernadette Cleary, is from the hurling village of Tullaroan in Kilkenny.

He has been based in the Costa del Sol in recent times where he is training Matthew Macklin, known as 'The Tipperary Tornado', for his upcoming world title eliminator in Dublin on August 31.

Moore is a previous champion at Irish, British, Commonwealth and European levels.

Fighter

In an interview in the run-up to his 2008 bid for the Irish title in Dublin, he revealed that he is very close to his Irish relatives.

"It's funny. Me and Steve (Wood, his manager) had just been discussing the possibility of fighting in Ireland. I had fought in Belfast before, but fighting down south was always an ambition of mine.

"My mother's side of the family all live in Tullaroan, Co Kilkenny and they always come to my fights in England. I wanted a fight where I could bring it to them. Then the opportunity came along out of the blue. I jumped at the chance."

His grandmother, Mary Cleary, passed away two days before his defining rubber match with fierce rival Michael Jones in 2005.

Instead of letting the occasion get to him, Jamie produced the performance of his life in the British fight of the year.

Climbing off the canvas twice, he stopped Jones in the sixth frenetic round.

"I dedicated the fight to my nana - I have so much pride in my Irish heritage. I like to think my Irishness has made me the exciting fighter I am," he said.

The shooting incident has again put the spotlight on Irish criminals living the high life on Spain's "Costa del Crime".

It is home to the international criminal organisation headed by Christy Kinahan, which was described by a Spanish government minister as the "Irish Mafia".

Irish Independent

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