Cyclone: My Story

Cyclone: My Story

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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 candid autobiography, The Clones Cyclone shares his stories of extraordinary professional triumph and devastating personal tragedy.
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  • Electronic book text | 368 pages
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Digital
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0753547481
  • 9780753547489

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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 * "McGuigan has experienced a fighting life as profound as it is grave ... I have not often been lost for words when sitting so close to a boxer whose enduring success and happiness is etched with tragedy ... compelling" -- Donald McRae * The Guardian * "A real twister of a tale ... frank and moving" * Daily Mirror * "Britain has never produced a more lucid exponent of the dark trade than the charismatic Irishman who made hearts soar and voices sing when he won the world title on an unforgettable night at Loftus Road 26 years ago ... A measured reflection of the life and times of a man who, like his own hero Muhammad Ali, has transcended his sport through who he was and what he did out of the ring" * The Independent *
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About Barry McGuigan

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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Barry McGuigan is a former world featherweight champion boxer. He currently enjoys a successful career as a sports commentator, writer and motivational speaker. He continues his involvement in the boxing world through his boxing academies and as a boxing promoter and trainer who has coached his youngest son Shane to national titles in England and Wales. He lives in Kent with his wife and family.








'Just as music and musicians define the times in which we live; just as they give pure expression to significant moments in our individual lives, so too do the great athletes and their fortunes. In victory and in defeat, it requires something more than physical gifts and strength of will, it is a spiritual quality that connects them to us, their followers, and binds those followers to each other. Barry was one such as this; modest and compassionate in victory, courageous almost to his own destruction in defeat. His path led him always forwards and upwards and he carried us with him. The dove on his shorts was a symbol of the man, an exquisite paradox; the warrior and the peacemaker. 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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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; another 20 million watched on the BBC in the UK and an estimated 200 million watched the fight worldwide.


Raised in the border town of Clones, Co. Monaghan, at the height of the Troubles, McGuigan united people across sectarian and religious divides during a difficult time in the country's political history. In 1981, Catholic McGuigan married his Protestant childhood sweetheart Sandra. 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 would often sing a heartfelt rendition of 'Danny Boy' before a fight.


In his years outside the ring, McGuigan has become one of the leading commentators and writers on the sport. He established the Professional Boxing Association and he's recently set up The Barry McGuigan Boxing Academies in a number of colleges throughout England, enabling students to combine boxing training and education.


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 that have marked the life of one of boxing's greatest legends.





'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
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