Brian ‘BoMac’ McIntyre has been detained in Manchester since the morning after he guided Chris Eubank Jr to victory in his rematch with Liam Smith, but escaped jail time at today’s sentencing.
The much-lauded trainer also corners Terence Crawford, arguably the best boxer in the world who this year became undisputed in a second weight-class with a victory over Errol Spence Jr.
‘BoMac’ was stopped by police after attempting to pass through security with ‘a loaded gun and ammunition’ in his suitcase. Greater Manchester Police arrested the 53-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska and provided this statement.
“At around 10:45 am on Sunday 3 September 2023, officers were called to reports of a possible firearm being found in hold luggage by airport staff at Manchester Airport.
After initial inspection by security staff, GMP officers attended, and the firearm was seized. Subsequently, a man has been arrested for possession of a firearm and remains in custody for further questioning.”
As per court reporter Ollie McManus, McIntyre today pleaded guilty to his two charges – possessing a firearm and possessing ammunition – at Manchester Crown Court.
The final ruling was a 20-month suspended prison sentence – a custodial sentence meaning the boxing coach will not serve prison time as long as no further offences are committed.
McManus reports that Crawford was one of the many character witnesses to speak on McIntyre.
BREAKING: Brian "BoMac" McIntyre is a FREE MAN having been given a 20-month SUSPENDED prison sentence.
Terence Crawford was one of a number of people to give in-person evidence at today's hearing.
The sentence is suspended for a period of two years.
I am now going to the pub.
— Ollie McManus (@OliverGMcManus) October 9, 2023
‘BoMac’s fighter, undefeated lightweight Keyshawn Davis, is set to fight on October 14 in Texas against Nahir Albright. It’s unclear if the trainer will be there in person for the bout.
Next up may be a rematch for Crawford against Spence Jr. The second fight is contracted but not yet announced.