The boxing world was stunned on Friday when the news emerged that three men had been injured in a shooting at the Regency Hotel in Dublin during the weigh-in’s for an MGM promotions event.
One of those men, 33-year-old David Byrne, was fatally wounded during an attack that the Irish police force, An Garda Siochana, are now saying(via the BBC) may have involved 6 people, a number of whom were reportedly armed with semi-automatic weapons.
The card, which was scheduled for Saturday night at the National Stadium, was supposed to be headlined by a bout between former Wildcard Gym fighter Jamie Kavanagh and Portuguese veteran Antonio Joao Bento for the WBO European lightweight title. Also due to compete on the “Clash of the Clans” event were heavyweights Sean Turner and Paul Butlin.
Butlin’s promoter, Carl Greaves, had accompanied his fighter to the Irish capital for the bout against the former amateur standout, and he described the chilling scene that they witnessed to The Nottingham Post only hours removed from his traumatic experience.
“We were at the weigh-in because Paul was due to fight tonight(sic), when I heard this loud banging,” said Greaves. “I thought it was just a fight that was happening in the crowd and bottles were being thrown”.
“But it was bullets and everybody just ran. People ran for the front door, I just ran for the nearest exit.
“It was terrifying and all I could think about was my family. I just ran as fast as I could and just kept going”.
“We bunkered down in a pub until it was safe to return. When we got back there was a tent that had been put up where obviously there was somebody inside”.
“I just want to get back home now. At the time your instincts take over, but the more and more I think about it, I am a lot worse now than I was earlier”.
“I just want to get back to my family.”
According to Irish national broadcaster RTE, the possibility that the attack was somehow related to the gangland murder of Gary Hutch near Marbella, Spain last year is being investigated.
Below is some harrowing footage captured at the moment when the men opened fire.