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'Knuckle' fighter charged with wife's murder

September 1st 2012

Bareknuckle boxer Michael McDonagh has been charged with murder after his wife’s body was found in their home on Wednesday.

McDonagh is familiar to many MMA fans as a central character in the documentary Knuckle, which followed the lives of some Irish travellers who make their money by participating in bareknuckle boxing matches with fighters from other traveller clans and families.

Police say his wife Jacqueline was found dead in the early hours of Wednesday morning after neighbours reported a disturbance. She had been battered with what appears to be a blunt instrument of some kind. McDonagh handed himself in to police shortly afterwards and was charged with murder today.

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