Friday 19 January 2018

Irish boxers pay tribute following the murder of rising star Eamonn Magee Jr

Eamonn Magee jnr in training with Eamonn senior
Eamonn Magee jnr in training with Eamonn senior

Ireland's leading boxers have paid tribute to Eamonn Magee, who was stabbed to death in Belfast in the early hours of Saturday morning.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering boxer Magee who was stabbed to death in the Twinbrook area of west Belfast.

The attack happened in the Summerhill Park area in the early hours of Saturday morning and was reported to police at about 2:40am. The 29-year-old man was arrested in the Dunmurry area.

The 22-year-old rising boxer was the son of the former world champion Eamonn Magee Snr.

Eamonn Jr, who was studying for an engineering degree at Ulster University, was due to fight in his third professional bout in August.

Detective Chief Inspector John McVea said: "We are currently investigating the circumstances which led to the death of such a young man as Eamonn, who is a son, a brother, a partner and a friend.

"I would therefore appeal to anyone who saw or heard any dispute in the Summerhill Park area, or who knows anything about this murder, to contact detectives at Lisburn police station on the non-emergency number 101.

"Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

The news sent shockwaves through the boxing community with many reacting to the news on social media.

IBF super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton tweeted: "Absolutely terrible shocking news about Eamonn Magee Jr. May he RIP".

Another Belfast boxing hero, two-time Olympic medallist Paddy Barnes, tweeted: "RIP young Eammon Magee, murder by scum in Belfast last night."

Eamonn Magee Snr was known as the Terminator during his professional career, and he also enjoyed Commonwealth success.

Among his most high profile fights was the 2002 sell-out bout against ex-world champion Ricky Hatton in Manchester.

Since retiring he has worked as a trainer at the well known Breen's Gym in Belfast.

Sinn Fein assembly member Jennifer McCann said: "A young man has tragically lost his life. People are wakening up here this morning, they're seeing the cordoned off area, they're hearing the sad news, so people are very, very shocked and very saddened by this."

Belfast Telegraph

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