Blessed with brains as well as brawn, he was studying for a degree in engineering, his boxing was taking off and he'd set up a personal training business, to have something to fall back on.'A couple of days before his death, Ms Magee also discovered her brother had been dating one of his clients from his gym class – Courtney Ward.'I'd asked him how it was going,' she continued. They'd been on a couple of dates and he was seeing her that evening.'Staying the night at her mum's, Ms Magee was woken by a knock at the back door at 3am by one of his friends.
When she rang Eamonn Jr's number on her mobile, she was surprised to hear a crying girl answer.'I realised it was Courtney,' she said.
Almost a century after Johnson's conviction, his compelling saga has continued to capture the interest of sports writers, civil rights activists and historians.
The push for a rare posthumous pardon has been spearheaded for years by Sen. Peter King, R-New York, two of Congress' top boxing enthusiasts.
"It is our hope that you will be eager to agree to right this wrong and erase an act of racism that sent an American citizen to prison," they wrote Friday in a letter to Obama.
But his family were forced to wait nearly two years for a trial date. Judge Mr Justice Treacy told Belfast Crown Court, how, motivated by jealousy, Koca – who claimed he had stabbed Eamonn Jr., mistaking him for an intruder - had armed himself with a knife and returned to his former family home in Twinbrook, Belfast, with the intention of killing him.
Jailing Koca for a minimum of 14 years, he said: 'I am satisfied that this was a pre-mediated and planned murder, which was both brutal and sustained and where the intention was to take life.'While Eamonn Jr's family agreed with his summing-up, they felt Koca's sentence was far too lenient.
He stole my brother's life at just 22.'Koca will still be a relatively young man when he gets out.
He'll have time for relationships, a career, kids even.'Eamonn will never have those chances and we'll never be able to plan a future with him in our lives.When the boxer and engineering student popped outside the house to see if their pizza had arrived, Koca launched a 'brutal and sustained' attack.Eamonn Jr, an engineering student at the University of Ulster and son of Northern Irish boxing legend, Eamonn Magee Sr, a former welterweight champion, died in the early hours of May 30, 2015 – two years before his family saw Koca jailed for 14 years for his murder.WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The White House refused to indicate Monday whether President Obama will issue a posthumous pardon for Jack Johnson, the African-American boxing champion convicted in 1913 for dating a white woman.The House of Representatives on July 29 unanimously passed a resolution urging Obama to grant a pardon; the Senate passed a similar measure by a voice vote on June 24.Johnson's real crime, in the eyes of many, was committed on July 4, 1910, when he successfully defended his boxing title against Jim Jeffries, a white boxer who came to be called the "Great White Hope" because many white fans saw him as the best chance to wrest back a boxing title from the African-American champ.