Man shot dead at weigh-in, MGM Dublin show cancelled

Phil Jay 05/02/2016

Macklin’s Gym Marbella’s Dublin show scheduled for this Saturday night at the National Stadium has been postponed indefinitely following an incident at the weigh-in.

Twenty professional boxers, many from the MGM stable and signed with UK promoter Frank Warren, were in attendance to hit the scales in what was a much-anticipated fight card at the Republic of Ireland’s capital.

In a shocking turn of events, three masked men, reportedly dressed a police officers and carrying AK-47 assault rifles, opened fire at the Regency Hotel on Swords Road – injuring two men and killing a third.

Police, ambulance and Dublin Fire Brigade were called to the scene on Friday afternoon as one victim, later named as David Byrne, was pronounced dead and the pair of wounded men, all in their 20’s or 30’s, were taken to The Mater and Beaumont hospitals.

A murder investigation is now underway following the brazen attack, which happened in front of many fans attending the pre-bout formalities.

Lightweights Jamie Kavanagh, Stephen Ormond, Romeo Romaeo and undefeated super welterweight Gary Corcoran were set to appear on the bill, which rightly has been called off.

Philip Sutcliffe Jr, Declan Geraghty, Craig O’Brien, Anthony Fitzgerald, Sean Creagh and cruiserweight Gary Sweeney also had fights pencilled in for the weekend.