EXCLUSIVE: Chris Eubank Jr's trainer is CHARGED with possession of a firearm after a gun was found in a suitcase at Manchester Airport and will appear in court in October 9

EXCLUSIVE: Chris Eubank Jr’s trainer is CHARGED with possession of a firearm after a gun was found in a suitcase at Manchester Airport and will appear in court in October 9

  • Brian ‘Bomac’ McIntyre has been charged with possession of a firearm
  • Security officials at Manchester Airport found a gun in a suitcase
  • He had overseen Chris Eubank Jr’s victory over Liam Smith on Saturday night

The trainer of Chris Eubank Jr has been charged and detained in custody after security officials found a loaded gun and ammunition in a suitcase.

Brian ‘Bomac’ McIntyre, viewed by many as one of the best cornermen in the world, was arrested amid dramatic scenes at Manchester Airport on Sunday morning.

The alarm was raised when a scan of the baggage – which had been checked in ahead of a flight – showed the weapon, along with bullets and a magazine, inside.

Police officers with their own guns descended on the departure lounge at Terminal 2 and arrested 53-year-old McIntyre, who was due to fly to Atlanta, for possession of a firearm.

He was subsequently charged and remanded in custody until October 9 ahead of an appearance at court.

Chris Eubank Jr's coach Brian McIntyre (pictured) was arrested by armed airport police after security officials found a gun inside of a suitcase on Sunday

Chris Eubank Jr’s coach Brian McIntyre (pictured) was arrested by armed airport police after security officials found a gun inside of a suitcase on Sunday

It came on the morning after Eubank Jr's (centre with McIntyre, second left) convincing victory over Liam Smith on Saturday night at the AO Arena in Manchester

It came on the morning after Eubank Jr’s (centre with McIntyre, second left) convincing victory over Liam Smith on Saturday night at the AO Arena in Manchester

A police spokesperson said a gun was seized and McIntyre (right) has now been charged with possession of a firearm

A police spokesperson said a gun was seized and McIntyre (right) has now been charged with possession of a firearm

McIntyre, himself a former boxer from the United States, had overseen Eubank Jr’s comprehensive victory over Liam Smith in their middleweight rematch in the city on Saturday night.

The suitcase was checked in with little attempt to conceal the weapon, a handgun, it is thought. A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: ‘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 53-year-old man was arrested for possession of a firearm and was taken to custody for further questioning.

‘Brian McIntyre (01/07/1970) 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 also trains US star Terence Crawford, who is viewed by many as the best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet. The pair grew up on the same Omaha street and trained at the same gym.

How the gun came to be in the suitcase will form part of the police’s probe.

McIntyre had orchestrated what was Eubank’s career-best performance in the pair’s first fight together. He has also been in the corner for former super-featherweight champion Jamel Herring and trained Amir Khan for his fight with Kell Brook last year.

Eubank Jr’s team declined to comment when Mail Sport broke the story on Monday morning.

A Home Office spokesperson said: ‘While we do not routinely comment on individual cases, Border Force undertakes to perform 100% checks on scheduled passengers arriving in the UK.’