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Monday 19 November 2018

Taylor watches as boxer dedicates win to victim Bobby

Pete Taylor and girlfriend Karen Brown in Belfast. Pic: Sportsfile
Pete Taylor and girlfriend Karen Brown in Belfast. Pic: Sportsfile

Pete Taylor's boxing club has paid tribute to innocent shooting victim Bobby Messett following a win by one of it fighters.

Fifty-year-old grandfather and father-of-three Mr Messett was shot dead when a gunman opened fire at Taylor Made Boxing Gym in Bray on June 5.

Taylor, who was shot and injured during the attack, was back in Belfast only weeks after the Herald revealed exclusive photos of him in the city after his release from hospital.

The boxing coach was photographed alongside his girlfriend Karen Brown at a fight night in the SSE Arena on Saturday, which was headlined by boxer Michael Conlan.

Taylor spent more than a week in hospital recovering from chest and arm injuries following the shooting, while another man - Ian Britton - was shot in the leg.

Following a victory by Gary Cully - who was on Conlan's undercard - the gym dedicated his victory to Mr Messett.

"Massive heart and respect for Bobby Messett by Gary Cully - tonight's win was for you our forever friend, you'll always be ringside with us in our hearts and minds," the club wrote on Instagram.

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Writing on his own Instagram page, Cully dedicated his win to Mr Messett.

"Didn't know Bobby a long time, but from the time I turned professional and relocated to Bray, Bobby showed great interest in my career and since then never missed one of my fights," he wrote.

"I know he was with us last night and didn't miss me go 5-0 either. That one's for you, Bob."

Taylor was sporting a shoulder cast as he took in the fight.

It comes only days after Taylor was photographed back in his hometown of Bray for the first time since he was shot when a gunman stormed his gym

He had been under garda protection while he was being treated in hospital.

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