First MGM boxing event since Regency Hotel shooting takes place today

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The poster for the MGM event in Preston later today
The poster for the MGM event in Preston later today

An MGM event in Preston today will be the promotion's first since the attack at the weigh in for their Dublin event over two weeks ago.

The card, which kicks off at 5pm today at the Guild Hall in Preston, is being promoted by MGM Manchester, a sister gym of MGM Marbella which is run by Daniel Kinahan, son of mob boss Christy Kinahan Snr.

The weigh-in at the Regency Hotel on February 5 that turned into a fatal shootout was for an MGM promoted card that was to take place at the National Stadium in Dublin the following day.

That card was understandably cancelled but MGM return to work tonight with a card featuring a number of up-and-coming fighter contesting for a series of British Challenge belts. A former world champion, Malcolm Klassen, is also on the bill.

Earlier today it was confirmed that in the wake of the Regency attack Irish boxing chiefs are to meet the gardai to discuss safety fears.

The Boxing Union of Ireland (BUI), which supervises professional bouts, confirmed that it had arranged to meet with an Assistant Garda Commissioner and was seeking discussions with Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

BUI president Mel Christle told the Irish Independent the union would be seeking advice on public-safety issues.

"We have various suggestions to put to the gardaí," he said, "but the reality is that since they (the gardaí) are responsible for public safety, we want to know how we can help them."

When asked if gangsterism was threatening the reputation of Irish professional boxing, Mr Christle said: "I don't wish to speak about it until I have spoken to the proper authorities."

Many observers believe that MGM, which also has gyms in Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow, will be unable to promote fights in Ireland again in the aftermath of the Regency shootings.