Jamie Moore suffers gunshot wounds
Middleweight contender Matthew Macklin's world title elimination fight against Jorge Sebastien Heiland, scheduled for Aug. 30 in the main event of a card at the National Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, was postponed on Wednesday due to Macklin trainer Jamie Moore suffering gunshot wounds during an incident early Sunday in Marbella, Spain.
"Due to an injury suffered to Matthew Macklin's lead trainer, Jamie Moore, the Dublin show on Aug. 30 has been postponed until later in the year," Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn announced.
"I am disappointed to have to postpone my fight but in light of the circumstances and the disruption to my preparation it is the right thing to do," Macklin said. "Every fight at this stage in my career is of huge importance and being 100 percent for the night is vital. We will make an announcement shortly on a new date and I look forward to fighting in Dublin in 2014."
England's Moore, 35, the former European junior middleweight champion, remains hospitalized after being shot multiple times in the legs during the incident, the details of which are unclear. However, Moore is expected to make a full recovery.
Moore took to Twitter to thank his fans for their support:
Thanks for all the well wishes. Overwhelmed. Gutted and confused about what happened, but thank God I'm ok. X- Jamie Moore (@JamieMoore777) August 5, 2014
It's at times like this that you realise how well your thought of. I've had unbelievable support. Means a lot it really does. #BoxingFamily- Jamie Moore (@JamieMoore777) August 5, 2014
Thanks for everyones well wishes. I'm still in hospital and recovering. Gonna take a while so would appreciate some privacy with my family X- Jamie Moore (@JamieMoore777) August 5, 2014
Anthony Joshua (7-0, 7 KOs), the 2012 British Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist, was due to fight an eight-rounder on the Macklin-Heiland undercard. Hearn announced that Joshua would instead have his fight moved to Manchester, England on Sept. 13 on the card being headlined by junior featherweight titlist Scott Quigg's defense against Paulus Ambunda.
Macklin (30-5, 20 KOs), 32, an Irishman from England, who has had three shots at middleweight world titles but come up short each time, and Heiland (23-4-2, 11 KOs), 27, of Argentina, are due to meet for the opportunity to move a step closer to a mandatory fight with champion Miguel Cotto. Macklin has not fought in Ireland since 2009.