Cyclone: My Story

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The Irish legend of the ring and former World Featherweight champion tells his story for the first time.
 
On a hot summer's night, in June 1985, in one of the most emotionally charged fights of all time, Barry McGuigan beat Eusebio Pedroza to become the Featherweight champion of the World. An epic battle that lasted a full 15 rounds, it remains one of sport's greatest ...

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Overview

The Irish legend of the ring and former World Featherweight champion tells his story for the first time.
 
On a hot summer's night, in June 1985, in one of the most emotionally charged fights of all time, Barry McGuigan beat Eusebio Pedroza to become the Featherweight champion of the World. An epic battle that lasted a full 15 rounds, it remains one of sport's greatest moments — watched by 27,000 spectators ringside and by a further 20 million on television around the world.
 
Raised in the border town of Clones, Co. Monaghan, at the height of the troubles, Barry McGuigan united people across sectarian and religious divides during a difficult time in the country's political history. A Catholic, Barry married his Protestant childhood sweetheart, Sandra in 1981. An Irishman, he fought for the British Title, wearing boxing shorts in the colours of the United Nation's Flag of Peace - and in place of a national anthem his musician father, Pat McGuigan would often sing a heartfelt rendition of 'Danny Boy' before a fight.
 
Engaging and intelligent, McGuigan is a renowned and revered figure in the boxing world and beyond. In this, his first autobiography, The Clones’ Cyclone shares his stories of extraordinary professional triumph and devastating personal tragedy.

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"Barry McGuigan was one of the best fighters of his generation, he had fanatical support. Barry's a great ambassador for the sport of boxing."  —Sugar Ray Leonard

"At a dark hour in Ireland, Barry McGuigan's spirit shone a light towards peace. Barry's not only a champion, he's a hero."  —Bono

"He was an unlikely figure in the modern era when the mania of self-promotion has all but obliterated the dignity of sportsmanship in these islands, the McGuigan years are years we remember."  —Daniel Day Lewis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753539958
  • Publisher: Virgin Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,395,296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

BARRY MCGUIGAN is a Former World Featherweight Champion boxer. He currently enjoys a successful career as a sports commentator and writer and motivational speaker. He continues his involvement in the boxing world as president and founder of the Professional Boxing Association and as a boxing promoter and trainer, who has coached his youngest son Shane to National titles in England and Ireland. He lives in Kent with his wife and family.

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Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Beginnings 7

2 The Opening Bell 23

3 Amateur Dramatics 39

4 Turning Pro 57

5 Young Ali 75

6 Leave the Fighting to McGuigan 87

7 America and Europe 99

8 Gearing Up 113

9 Preparing for Pedroza 125

10 Fight Night 139

11 On Top of the World 151

12 Defending 163

13 Las Vegas 179

14 Dad 189

15 Return to the Ring 199

16 The Final Bell 209

17 Dermot 225

18 Giving Back 237

19 The Next Chapter 249

Acknowledgements 263

Index 265

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