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Sunday 21 September 2014

Major crime gang link as Matthew Macklin’s coach survives assassination attempt

Published 05/08/2014 | 08:08

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Matthew Macklin's coach and former European champion Joss Moore is recovering after an assassination attempt at the weekend
Matthew Macklin's coach and former European champion Joss Moore is recovering after an assassination attempt at the weekend

Former European boxing champion Jamie Moore is under armed police guard in a Spanish hospital after he was shot in the legs in Marbella at the weekend.

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Moore is currently based in Spain with his wife and two children where he is training Irish boxer Matthew Macklin at the MGM gym in Puerto Banus ahead of his upcoming fight in the National Stadium on August 30.

Moore was shot in both legs and the foot when the gunman targeted him after he left a party on Saturday night but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

“Just to let everyone know Jamie Moore is still in hospital but he should be ok,” Macklin tweeted last night.

“He was shot in his legs but the doctors have said there shouldn’t be any serious or permanent damage done.”

The coach and well-respected Sky Sports pundit who has no involvement in crime agreed to become Macklin’s coach last year, but gardai sources have indicated that “special surveillance plans” are in place for the upcoming fight.

The villa where Moore was shot is owned by boxing manager Daniel Kinahan, a key member of the Christy Kinahan crime syndicate which operates a sizeable crime operation on Spain’s infamous Costa del Crime.

Nicknamed the ‘Tipperary Tornado’, Birmingham-born Macklin has no involvement in crime but has been photographed in the company of major gangsters Gary Hutch and Daniekl Kinahan at major events.

No arrests have been made but a garda source told The Herald that the fact that the Kinahan mob are active supporters of Macklin has to be “seriously looked at.”

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