Jamie Moore feared for his life in Marbella shooting

Moore feared for his life in Marbella (©GettyImages)

Former European Champion Jamie Moore has finally spoken out about the horror shooting in Marbella, which left him fearing for his life.

The 35-year-old was shot four times by a masked gunman on the driveway of his Spanish holiday home.

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The British trainer recalled to BBC Sport the terrifying moment that the event occurred and his genuine fears that he was going to die.

"I had a hollow feeling. It seemed like a dream. I was thinking, 'This is it'."

Big dreams

Moore is determined to come back stronger than ever, with the aspiration of producing a world champion from the gym he owns in Salford.

One of Moore's most talented boxers, Matthew Macklin was due to fight in a WBC world middleweight title eliminator a few days after the shooting occurred, but cancelled due to worry regarding his trainer's injuries.

He has since returned to the ring with a victory under temporary guidance from trainer Joe Gallagher.

Both Moore and Macklin are hoping the former can fully recover and return in time for the boxer to win a world championship.

"I'm hoping he comes back to me and we can do it together, but I'll be just as happy if I see him win a world title as if we did it together," Moore added.


The former light-middleweight champion was shot once in each leg, once in the shoulder and another burnt the skin on his wrist. One of the bullets was lodged in his right hip and has been unable to be removed.

It took 25 minutes for an ambulance to arrive on the scene where Moore was lying on the ground, heavily bleeding. 

"I was thinking, 'I can't believe I'm not going to see my kids'," he said.

The bullet in his leg narrowly avoided key arteries and paramedics told him he was lucky to be alive.

On the mend

It is unsure whether the attack was planned or a case of mistaken identity, but either way, police in both Spain and the UK have been unable to track down the gunman. 

Moore has been told that he should make a full recovery, as long as he continues the correct rehabilitation methods. 

"I'm in a lot of pain, but I put a brave face on it for my son.

"I'm his hero and he doesn't like seeing me in pain. So I cover it up," he added.

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