Cyclone: My Story

Cyclone: My Story

by Barry McGuigan
     
 

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The Irish legend of the ring and former world featherweight champion tells his story for the first time
 

In a gripping autobiography, Barry McGuigan shares his stories of extraordinary professional triumph and devastating personal tragedy. On a hot summer's night in June 1985, during one of the most emotionally charged fights of all

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The Irish legend of the ring and former world featherweight champion tells his story for the first time
 

In a gripping autobiography, Barry McGuigan shares his stories of extraordinary professional triumph and devastating personal tragedy. On a hot summer's night in June 1985, during one of the most emotionally charged fights of all time, McGuigan beat Eusebio Pedroza to become featherweight champion of the world. Lasting a full 15 rounds, this epic battle was 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 Ireland's political history. A Catholic, he married his Protestant childhood sweetheart, Sandra, in 1981. An Irishman, he fought for the British Title wearing boxing shorts in the colors of the UN's Flag of Peace, and in place of a national anthem his 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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753539972
Publisher:
Virgin Books
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Barry McGuigan, nicknamed The Clones Cyclone, is a former world featherweight champion boxer who was voted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 2000 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005. He currently enjoys a successful career as a sports commentator, writer, and motivational speaker, and continues his involvement in the boxing world as president and founder of the Professional Boxing Association, a boxing promoter, and a trainer.

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