Former European light-middleweight champion and highly regarded English boxer Jamie Moore was reportedly shot in Marbella, Spain, with sources saying he was hit in both legs.
Moore has reportedly already left the hospital after receiving treatment, according to the Manchester Evening News' Neal Keeling.
The 35-year-old is in Spain to help Matthew Macklin prepare for his WBC international middleweight title bout against Argentina's Jorge Sebastian-Heiland. According to a source, per Keeling, the shooting occurred while he was away from the gym:
"It would appear he was out and about, not at the gym, when he was shot."
Ricky Hatton, one of Britain's most highly touted boxers of the last decade, immediately reacted to the news involving his close friend, via Keeling:
"I'm devastated by this news. Jamie is a great pal of mine and my thoughts are, of course, today with him and his family. He's a great battler and if anyone's going to pull through in hospital it'll be him."
Moore was forced to retire from the sport of boxing in 2010 because of medical concerns, but his short career had been a superb one nonetheless. His career record stands at 32-5-0 with 23 KOs, per BoxRec. The two-time English champion in his division even came close to a WBC title shot in 2009 and won gold at the Commonwealth Games.
When news of the shooting broke, friends and fans took to social media to wish Moore a speedy recovery. Boxing MC Ricky Wright couldn't believe the news when he heard it:
Ring girl Sara Beverley Jones joined in:
The Foreign Office confirmed a British national had been involved in a shooting incident in Spain, per Keeling, but no more details were available at the time of writing.
The news Moore already left the hospital is encouraging, however, and local police is currently investigating the incident.
While this incident will no doubt impact Macklin's preparation for his chance at the WBC title currently held by Sebastian-Heiland, Moore's health will be of far greater importance to everyone involved in those preparations.
For now, all we can do is wish Moore a full and speedy recovery.
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