Magee Jnr, the son of former WBU welterweight world champion Eamonn Magee??Snr, was stabbed in the Twinbrook area of West Belfast and died later in hospital from??his injuries.
A 32-year-old suspect has been arrested,??in the nearby Dunmurry area,??on suspicion of murdering??Magee Jnr.
Detective Chief Inspector John McVea from the Police Service of Northern??Ireland (PSNI) said: “We are currently investigating the circumstances which??led to the death of such a young man as Eamonn, who is a son, a brother, a partner and a friend.”
Magee Jnr had followed his father into the ring and his death has sent??shockwaves through the world of boxing.
IBF super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton used Twitter to express his??dismay. He said: “Absolutely terrible shocking news about Eamonn Magee Jr. May??he RIP.”
Ricky Hatton 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
Olympic medallist Paddy Barnes also tweeted: “RIP young Eamonn Magee, murder??by scum in Belfast last night.”
Eamonn Magee Snr was known as the Terminator during his professional career,??and he also enjoyed Commonwealth success. Among his most high-profile fights was the 2002 sell-out bout against ex-world??champion Ricky Hatton in Manchester.
Since retiring he has worked as a trainer at the well known Breen’s Gym in??Belfast.