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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 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.

Reviews

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

A real twister of a tale ... frank and moving

Daily Mirror

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

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

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  • Paperback

    9780753539972

    June 15, 2012

    Virgin Books

    368 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780753539958

    June 15, 2011

    Virgin Books

    288 pages

    RRP $39.99

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  • EBook

    9780753547489

    June 8, 2011

    Virgin Digital

    368 pages

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