22 February 2006

Man who attacked boxer sentenced


Eamonn Magee won his comeback fight after the attack

A 54-year-old Dunmurry man has been given a three-year suspended sentence for causing grievous bodily harm to world champion boxer Eamonn Magee.

Joseph Clarke, of Lagmore Dale, admitted attacking him with a bat and breaking his leg in February 2004.

The court heard the two men had fought after an argument over their children.

Judge Patrick Markey told Clarke that although Mr Magee had behaved in a disgraceful manner, it was a vicious assault of which he should be ashamed.

Mr Magee, 33, successfully defended his World Boxing Union welterweight title a year after the attack.

Doctors had told the Belfast man he would never fight again "because his injuries were so severe".

However, he went back into training and won his comeback fight against Danish boxer Allan Vester.

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