Name: Eamonn Magee
Alias: The Terminator
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Hometown: Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Height: 5′ 8″ / 173cm
Reach: 70″ / 178cm
Boxing Record: click
Magee fought out of the John Breen Gym in Belfast, he is a former Commonwealth Light Welterweight Title, Irish Light Welterweight Title and WBU Welterweight Title holder. His son Eamonn Magee Jnr was also a professional boxer.
Magee grew up in the nationalist Ardoyne area of Belfast and was in and out of trouble as a youth. Magee came from a boxing obsessed family, at the age of twelve, Magee's mother enrolled a him in the local boxing club. Magee stated that for his mother "boxing was as important as school". Magee's three older brothers were also boxers with two of them, Terry Magee and Noel Magee, having careers as professional boxers. His brother Noel was also a Commonwealth title champion.
In 1989, Magee was involved in a fight outside a restaurant and sustained a deep wound to his neck from which he almost died. In 1992, he was shot in the leg by the Provisional Irish Republican Army in a punishment attack. In 1994, Magee (who is a supporter Celtic football club) was charged with affray after getting into a bar room brawl with a group of Rangers fans in a Belfast City Centre pub. In February 2004, Magee was attacked in the Black Road area of Belfast. He was pulled from his car and beaten with a baseball bat, he had his leg broken and knee fractured.
The southpaw boxed for Ireland as an amateur and, like his brother Noel, won a number of Irish national titles and won a silver medal at the World Junior Championships at San Juan, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico in 1989. In 1991, Magee won the Irish National Senior light welterweight title.
Barcelona Olympics nomination controversy
Because of his Irish title win, Magee should have automatically been nominated as the Irish entrant for the qualification tournament for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics however, a number of members from the Ulster Boxing Council abstained from voting for his nomination and this led to the Irish (IABA) selection team requesting that Magee fight a preliminary fight against Corkman Billy Walsh, a boxer whom he had already beaten to win the Irish title. In protest, Magee then turned down the chance to box off for the place at the Barcelona Olympics as he felt he was the automatic choice.
A disillusioned Magee's outlook on boxing was soured by this experience and he then took a sabbatical from the sport.
Magee turned professional in November 1995, winning his first fight at the Point Depot, in which he knocked out Hull based Liverpudlian Pete Roberts on a card that included Steve Collins and a debut fight for Dubliner Jim Rock.
Magee's first twelve fights took place in a variety of locations such as the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, U.S. and England and against a variety of opposition including journeymen such as Steve McGovern, Kevin McKillan and Karl Taylor as well as future NABF Welter and Light Middleweight title holder Teddy Reid. The Reid fight which took place at The Roxy, Boston, USA, was Magee's only loss on his early record which tallied to 11 win, 9 within the distance and 1 loss.
Paul Burke Commonwealth title fights
Magee's chance to fight for his first title belt took place in 30 November 1998 when he challenged challenged experienced Preston based fighter Paul Burke for his Commonwealth Light Welterweight Title in Manchester, England on the Mayhem in Manchester bill which included Howard Eastman, Steve Foster and Clinton Woods.
Before the fight Magee had stated that Burke was "old, slow journeyman. Paul is the sort who hangs in and takes far more punishment than he should. I'll do him a favour and get it over fast".
The fight went the twelve round distance and Burke beat Magee on a controversial points decision. Magee thought he had been let down badly by the British officials on the night and Chris Eubank also made his protest known. A journalist who was at ringside stated that it was one of the "most shocking decisions in British boxing history".
Within twelve months Magee had won two fights both by third round stoppages including winning the Irish Light Welterweight Title both the arranged rematch with Burke which was set for the 12 September 1999 at the York Hall, Bethnal Green in London again for the Commonwealth Light Welterweight Title.
Magee's mind was on revenge and he floored the champion three times in the sixth round before star rated referee Dave Parris stopped the fight with Burke in no condition to continue.
Magee's sights were then set on a fight with Manchester's Ricky Hatton and continued his winning streak with a further ten straight wins, seven inside the distance, including wins over Kenya's Joseph Miyumo, Shea Neary and Jonathan Thaxton to line up a super-fight with Hatton.
Magee's highest profile fight was against Ricky Hatton for the WBU Light Welterweight Title which took place at the Manchester Evening News Arena in 1 June 2002 and was billed as "Anarchy in the UK" and was a 20,000 ticket sell out.
The fight was on of the most eagerly awaited fights in British boxing for many years and there had been doubts that the fight would ever take place due to the MEN being booked and then an injury to Hatton's knuckle. Also Magee had trouble leading up to the fight when the Panamanian sparring partners that Magee had paid for were deported from Ireland after that arrived at Dublin Airport.
In what Hatton's trainer Billy Graham called Hatton's toughest fight, Magee knocked Hatton down for the first time in his career after only one minute of the fight in round one. Magee against pressurised Hatton in the second round and again Hatton looked shakey and in trouble. However, Hatton battled back keeping Magee on the ropes for much of the remainder of the fight. Magee eventually lost this keenly contested fight on points over 12 rounds.
His most recent fight took place 11 May 2007 and was a unanimous points loss to Kevin Anderson for the British welterweight title.