Brian ‘Bomac’ McIntyre was reportedly detained by Manchester airport police over the weekend after a gun was allegedly found in is luggage.
A report from the UK Daily Mail revealed that the premier boxing trainer was arrested Sunday morning in the Terminal 2 departure lounge while awaiting an international flight to Atlanta. The weapon was allegedly discovered through the airport baggage scan. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officials then reportedly arrested McIntyre.
"At around 10:45am 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," a GMP spokesperson said in a statement made available to the public on Monday. After initial inspection by security staff, GMP officers attended, and the firearm was seized.
"Subsequently, a 53-year-old man was arrested for possession of a firearm and was taken to custody for further questioning. Brian McIntyre from the United States of America was charged with possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition for a firearm without a certificate.
"McIntyre attended Stockport Magistrates court this morning where he was further remanded into custody. He is next due to appear at Manchester Crown Court on Monday 9 October 2023."
McIntyre was in country to lead the corner of Chris Eubank Jr., who stopped Liverpool’s Liam Smith (33-4-1, 20KOs) in the tenth-round of their one-sided rematch this past Saturday at AO Arena in Manchester. Eubank (33-3, 24KOs) brought aboard McIntyre and his team earlier this summer as part of sweeping changes made by the second-generation middleweight following his fourth-round stoppage defeat to Smith earlier this year.
The win by Eubank further strengthened McIntyre’s stance as the frontrunner for 2023 Trainer of the Year. The Omaha (Nebraska)-based cornerman is best known for his career-long work with three-division champ and pound-for-pound king Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford (40-0, 31KOs).
Reports from the UK did not indicate whether the reportedly discovered firearm belongs to McIntyre or if it was in his possession or anyone among his team upon arrival from the US.
Possession of a handgun is generally prohibited in the UK, which carries among the strictest penalties in the world.
The maximum penalty for possession of a concealed weapon is five years, according to Sections 1 and 2 of the UK Firearms Act 1968. The maximum penalty under Section 5 of the same act is ten years.
A message left by Boxing Scene seeking confirmation of McIntyre’s safety and wellbeing went unreturned as this goes to publication.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox