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Saturday 16 December 2017

Boxer 'thankful I'm alive' on third anniversary of gun attack

Jamie Moore
Jamie Moore

A former boxer who was shot in a case of mistaken identity by a gunman seeking to murder cartel boss Daniel Kinahan has said he is thankful to still be alive on the third anniversary of the shooting.

Manchester fighter Jamie Moore, now a Sky Sports pundit, escaped with his life after being blasted in the legs in the attack outside Kinahan's home in Marbella, Spain, on August 3, 2014.

Cartel boss Kinahan ran to him "stark naked" before ringing an ambulance.

Writing on social media yesterday, Moore said: "Today's date is one I will remember for the rest of my life.

I'm thankful every day that I'm still here to see my kids grow up."

On the night of the shooting, the 39-year-old was attending a party at Kinahan's plush Marbella pad.

As he left, he was ambushed by a lone gunman who shot him twice in the legs before escaping.

Sources later revealed that Moore was not the target of the shooting, Kinahan was.

Feud

It also later emerged that a close associate of gangster Gary Hutch was responsible for shooting Moore.

The boxer was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery following the attack.

The incident eventually led to the murder of Hutch in Spain a year later, which sparked the bloody gangland feud between the Kinahan and Hutch mobs.

Speaking only weeks after the shooting, Moore said he thought he was going to die.

"I thought, 'I'm not going to make this'. I thought I was finished and it's the emptiest, most horrible feeling ever," he said.

"I felt helpless and lonely - lying on a driveway at night, bleeding to death. I thought, 'I can't die here. How am I going to leave my kids with no dad?'."

At the time, Moore, who has no involvement in crime, was in charge of training boxer Matthew Macklin at his gym, MGM, on the Costa del Sol.

Spanish police initially believed a Russian drugs gang had carried out the shooting, but it later emerged that a close pal of murdered mobster Hutch was the chief suspect for the attack as tensions between the Kinahan and Hutch clans began to mount.

In his book, Moore describes how a naked Daniel Kinahan confronted him minutes after he had been gunned down on the grounds of his villa.

"Stark naked, Daniel asked me what happened and I said, 'I've been shot'," he wrote.

"He sprinted over to the gates and then called the ambulance for me."

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