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Man due in court over murder of boxer Eamonn Magee Jr

Attack: Eamonn Magee, pictured with his father, was found stabbed to death
Attack: Eamonn Magee, pictured with his father, was found stabbed to death

A man is set to appear in court charged in connection with the murder of boxer Eamonn Magee at the weekend.

The 22-year-old son of former WBU welterweight champion Eamonn Magee Sr was viciously attacked early on Saturday morning. 

Magee was found stabbed multiple times in the garden of the house at Summerhill Park in the Twinbrook area of West Belfast.

The attack, described by police as vicious, happened as the 22-year-old engineering student went to check on a pizza delivery during the early hours of yesterday morning.

Detective Chief Inspector John McVea, who is leading the murder hunt, said: 

"Nobody would have known that Eamonn would have been coming out of the house to look for the pizza delivery, therefore we believe that the person was lying in wait for Eamonn as he would have come out of the house."

"He was a very talented boxer with a promising boxing career ahead as well as studying engineering at the University of Ulster."

A knife believed to have been used in the killing was stolen from a nearby house which has since been searched by police. 

Police arrested a 32-year-old man on Sunday. He remained in custody for two days and is expected to appear at Craigavon Magistrate’s Court later today. 

The world of boxing has expressed shock at the murder.

Former World champion Barry McGuigan used Twitter to convey his sympathies.

He said: "Dreadful news about Eamon Magee Jr, deepest sympathies to his family."

Ricky Hatton also tweeted: "Just been sickened with the news Eamonn Magee Jnr has been stabbed to death. My love goes out to Eamonn snr.Thinking of you my old friend.x”