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Matthew Macklin

Matthew Macklin

The shooting of a boxer in Spain's Costa-Del-Crime has increased tensions ahead of a fight in Dublin in which senior members of the Christy Kinahan crime syndicate are expected to attend.

Former European champion boxer Jamie Moore (35) is under armed guard in a Marbella hospital after he survived an assassination attempt in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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

Former Manchester boxer Moore had been training Matthew Macklin (32) all summer at Macklin's gym in Puerto Banus ahead of the fight at Dublin's National Stadium on August 30.

Sources say that gardai already had "special surveillance plans" in place for the fight but these will now be reviewed after the attack on Macklin's trainer.

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

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

Moore had a miracle escape after he was shot in both legs and the foot when the gunman targeted him with a handgun after he left a party.

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".

"Is this a message to the Christy Kinahan mob? Who knows? More will be known when chatter reaches us in the coming days," a source said.

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