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Last Updated: Thursday, 4 March, 2004, 16:54 GMT
Magee says career is over
Eamonn Magee
WBU welterweight champion Eamonn Magee has conceded that his boxing career is over after suffering serious injuries in a brutal gang beating.

The 32-year-old Belfast boxer had his leg badly broken when he was set upon in Belfast on Sunday night.

And Magee was found by doctors to have a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula after being dragged from a car.

"I can guarantee you that my career is over," he told BBC Northern Ireland: "Two specialists have told me so."

Magee said that the sudden end to his career was proving very hard to accept.

"It is difficult to cope with," he said.

"I have not got over it. I feel disgusted about what has happened to me.

If I had beaten Mitchell we were definitely lining up Ricky Hatton
Eamonn Magee

"This week was to have been the best of my boxing life. I was just about to sign up to fight Sharmba Mitchell at the MEN Arena.

"If I had beaten Mitchell we were definitely lining up Ricky Hatton and the winner of that would have become a very wealthy man.

"I want to stay in the fight game, maybe in training or management."

Magee, from the Ardoyne area of north Belfast, described the extent of the horrific injuries he sustained in the savage beating on the outskirts of his native city.

"I broke both bones of the shin in my left leg. The bone is just lying there by itself with no skin or bone on it," said Magee.

"They were looking to put me under anaesthetic for six hours but could not because I also have a blood clot on my lung.

I don't think we ever saw the very best of Eamonn Magee and now we never will
John Breen
Magee's coach

"So they are going to take a different part of muscle out of my right leg which means I will only be under anaesthetic for an hour which is safer.

"It would be a life or death situation if I went under for six hours."

Magee's coach John Breen said he was devastated.

"I feel so sorry for him and I just can't take it in. It's hard to believe that he was being set up for some big fights and now they'll never happen for him.

"I don't think we ever saw the very best of Eamonn Magee and now we never will see the best of him in the ring.

"He was a world class fighter, who feared nobody and he could give anyone in the world a fight. It's such a sickening way for his career to end."


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