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Boxer Jamie Kavanagh speaks out for first time since Regency Hotel attack

Jamie Kavanagh
Jamie Kavanagh

MGM boxer Jamie Kavanagh has spoken out for the first time since the Regency Hotel attack where Kinahan Cartel member David Byrne was gunned down by AK-47 wielding assassins.

The 25-year-old fighter, who is the son of slain gangster Gerard ‘Hatchet’ Kavanagh, told

“You had people there – everybody was running for their life.

“And nobody knew what to do, nobody knew which way to react.

“They were supposed to be police. These people were dressed in police uniforms.

“And from that point of view, you see the police and you think you’re OK, that you’re safe.

“But obviously a few seconds later it was very different.”

The lightweight boxer, who is originally from Drimnagh, in Dublin, told the website that he had put the horrific events of February 5th behind him and is focused on putting all his energies into his career.

“It was shocking and crazy at the same time.

“Obviously, you’re going to a boxing weigh-in – you’re never going to expect something like that could happen. But it happened.

“I still have people today asking me, ‘Hey, how’s it going? Are you OK?’ And all I can say is, ‘Yeah, I’m OK – I’ve kind of put that behind me’.

“And that’s all I’m trying to do – put it behind me and move forward with my boxing career.”

David Byrne’s murder is believed to be in revenge for the killing of gangster Gary Hutch, the nephew of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch.

The assassination led to the murder of 59-year-old father of five Eddie Hutch, who is ‘The Monk’s brother.  

Kavanagh told he hopes to put the events of that terrible day behind him and finally do battle for the same WBO European belt.