Tuesday 20 February 2018

Irish boxer Matthew Macklin arrested after Dublin city row

Matthew Macklin
Matthew Macklin

Ken Foy

INTERNATIONAL boxing star Matthew Macklin has been arrested by gardai responding to an early morning row on a Dublin street.

The 32-year-old former European middle-weight champion, idolised by the Kinahan mob, was picked up by uniformed officers after an incident at 7. 30am yesterday.

Macklin was arrested for public order offences outside an apartment at St Augustine Street, near Christchurch, before being brought to Kilmainham Garda Station.

The professional boxer spent a number of hours at the station before he was released with a caution, which means that he will not be charged in relation to the incident and will not have to appear be fore the courts.

A source told the Herald that it appears Mr Macklin had “spent most of the early hours of Thursday socialising in town before he got involved in a bit of a scrap and had to be arrested.

“He was brought to Kilmainham and was released a few hours later. There were no incidents in the station. ”

Mr Macklin, who has no involvement in crime, is the boxer who the feared Christy Kinahan international crime syndicate supports, and senior members of the mob are regularly seen at his fights.

The mobsters have commonly bought ringside seats at Mr Macklin ’s fights and have used the events in the past for crime summits.

Nicknamed the ‘Tipperary Tornado ’, Birmingham-born Macklin has been photographed in the company of major gangsters Gary Hu tch and Daniel Kinahan at social events.

Hutch is the nephew of veter an former crime boss Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch, while Daniel is the eldest son of cartel boss Christy Kinahan.

Mr Macklin is normally based in Marbella in Spain, which is the home of the Kinahan mob, and the boxing star even opened up a gym there, known as MGM, in Puerto Banus.

Sources say that it is not known why Mr Macklin is in Dublin, but it is understood that he has been socialising with pals of his who are based in the south inner city.

Macklin came within a whisker of becoming a World Champion in 2011 when he lost to Felix Sturm on a split-decision and was given another title shot on St Patrick's Day in 2012 against Sergio Martinez at Madision Square Garden but was retired by his corner after the 11th round.

Mcklin hasn't been seen in the ring since his heavy defeat to Gennady Golovkin in June of last year (video below).

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