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Macklin title fight off after trainer shooting

Matthew Macklin's WBC title eliminator against Argentina's Jorge Sebastien Heiland, which was set for the National Stadium on August 30, has been postponed.

The schedule change follows the leg and hip injuries received by Macklin's trainer Jamie Moore in a shooting incident in Marbella on Sunday.

"I am disappointed to have to postpone my fight," says Macklin (pictured right).

"But in the light of the circumstances and the disruption to my preparation it is the right thing to do."

The former European middleweight champion has had three world titles and believed that a win against Heiland, who's ranked five places ahead of him, would put him back in contention. "There are lots of big fights out there for me," he said at a recent press conference in Croke Park. "I've proved I'm world class. I want to be fighting for world titles."

As his trainer recovers in hospital following the attack, Macklin says, "Every fight at this stage in my career is of huge importance and being 100 per cent for the night is vital. We'll make an announcement shortly on a new date and I look forward to fighting in Dublin in 2014."

Irish boxing fans will be disappointed to have to wait a little longer for the much anticipated showdown between Cork's Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan and "the Pride of Dublin" Anthony Fitzgerald.

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn said : "A new date will be announced shortly."