Barry McGuigan was one of the best boxers of his generation. He won a multitude of titles, most notably the world championship in 1985. On a memorable, balmy night in June, a television audience of twenty million watched as McGuigan achieved his dream and became Featherweight Champion of the World. His amazing performance later captured him another title of BBC Sports Personality of the Year. McGuigan was voted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 2000 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005.

Barry’s popularity transcended the sport of boxing and his fights united people across sectarian and religious divides during a troubled time in the Ireland’s political history. As a Catholic, Barry married his Protestant childhood sweetheart in 1981 and fought for the British Title in the colours of the United Nation’s Flag of Peace.

Though now retired Barry remains closely entwined with the sport. He established Cyclone Promotions which oversees the careers of a stable of young fighters, coaching and mentoring to help them achieve their potential and career goals.

He is also President and Founder of the Professional Boxing Association (PBA), an organisation set up to protect the interests and promote education and skills development for professional boxers.

As an extension of this dedication to developing young talent he has also founded the Barry McGuigan Boxing Academy, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The intention of the Academy is to use the skill and discipline required in boxing to promote and deliver an environment where young people can excel in their academic and sporting goals; positively encouraging students who feel disengaged to stay in or return to education and help raise standards in post 16 academic achievement.

On the media stage McGuigan has also developed into one of the leading commentators on the sport. He has been writing a successful weekly column for the Daily Mirror for over 10 years, considered to be the No1 boxing column each week. He has commentated throughout the world; in the USA for Prime Network, in Asia for Star TV, in Europe with Euro Sport and in the UK for BBC, Sky, Screen Sport, Setanta, Wire TV and ITV.

KEY THEMES

Microphone IconOvercoming adversity

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