Matthew Macklin-Jorge Sebastien Heiland bout postponed after shooting of trainer Jamie Moore

06/08/2014 14:53

Middleweight Matthew Macklin's WBC world title eliminator with Jorge Sebastien Heiland has been postponed following the shooting of trainer Jamie Moore in Spain.

The bout was due to take place at the National Stadium in Dublin on August 30 but will now take place later in the year.

Former European champion Moore, 35, who became a trainer after retiring from the ring, had been working with Macklin at his Marbella-based gym ahead of the fight with Heiland. 

He  is currently recovering in hospital under armed guard after he was shot in the leg and hip when leaving a party in Marbella.

 "I am disappointed to have to postpone my fight but in the light of the circumstances and the disruption to my preparation it is the right thing to do,” said Macklin. “Every fight at this stage in my career is of huge importance and being 100 per cent 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.”

Heavyweight contender Anthony Joshua was due to fight Yaroslav Zavorotnyi on the same bill but will now fight on the undercard for Scott Quigg's WBA world super-bantamweight title defence against Namibia's Paulus Ambunda at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on September 13.