| 15.6°C Dublin

Boxing coach is 'confused' over Costa shooting

a boxing coach who was shot in Spain said he is "gutted and confused" about what happened.

Jamie Moore, currently training self-proclaimed Irish boxer Matthew Macklin, was attacked outside the home of well-known criminal Daniel Kinahan, the son of expat Godfather Christy.

The Herald revealed yesterday that Moore was shot in the leg and hip in Marbella in the early hours of Sunday.

innocent

It is thought that the attack on the innocent coach and well-respected Sky Sports pundit may have been organised by enemies of Christy Kinahan.

Moore, who was helping Macklin prepare for his fight against Jorge Sebastian-Heiland for the WBC international middleweight title fight in Dublin, underwent surgery yesterday and said he was "absolutely flabbergasted" by the level of support.

"Thanks for all the well wishes. Overwhelmed. Gutted and confused about what happened, but thank God I'm okay," he said.

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

Moore has extensive Irish links, particularly in Kilkenny where his mother is from.

Bernadette Cleary is from the hurling village of Tullaroan.

Moore has been based on 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.

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," he said.

"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. It was fate."

Moore's grandmother, Mary Cleary, passed away two days before his defining bout with fierce rival Michael Jones in 2005.

heritage

Instead of letting the occasion get to him, he 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," he said later.

"I like to think my Irishness has made me the exciting fighter that I am."

The shooting incident has again drawn the spotlight on Irish criminals living the high life on Spain's so-called Costa del Crime.

hnews@herald.ie


Privacy