Mathew Macklin's return postponed after shooting

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Following the shocking news that former boxer Jamie Moore was shot in Marbella a few days ago, Mathew Macklin has pulled out of his upcoming fight, according to The Guardian.

Macklin, 32, is a former world title challenger and has been involved in some absolutely fantastic bouts, none more so than his toe to toe fight with his now trainer and the aforementioned Moore back in 2006.

Macklin pulls out

He was due to fight Jorge Sebastian Heiland on Matchroom's return to Dublin on a card billed as Return Of The Mack on August 30.

Naturally though with this incident taking place Macklin's preparations both mentally and physically have been interrupted, and it wouldn't be right for him to go into an important fight such as this unless he is fully prepared.

As a result heavyweight prospect and Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua's fight with Yaroslav Zavorotnyi, which was to appear on the undercard, will be rescheduled to take place on September 13 in Manchester's Phones 4u Arena.

Zavarotnyi took fellow British heavyweight David Price the distance last time out and should prove a decent step up for Joshua when the two clash.

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Macklin's comments

Macklin himself has stated: " I am disappointed to have to postpone my fight but in the light of the circumstances and the disruption to my preparation it is the right thing to do.

"Every fight at this stage in my career is of huge importance and being 100 percent for the night is vital. We will make an announcement shortly on a new date and I look forward to fighting in Dublin in 2014."

Macklin will look to fight Heiland later in the year and will be determined to put on a good show and push his way into another world title shot.

Obviously the boxing is secondary in circumstances such as these and it is a major relief that Moore is safe and recovering. Sincerest wishes go to both Jamie Moore and his family for a speedy recovery and we hope to see him back within the boxing community soon.

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