Cyclone: My Story Paperback – 24 May 2012
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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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In the 1980s at the height of the `Troubles' in Northern Ireland this exciting featherweight captured the hearts and imaginations of both Catholic and Protestants in his own country as well as having massive crossover appeal worldwide. His was a feel-good story, the Catholic lad married to a Protestant girl who wore the dove of peace on his boxing shorts and preached tolerance during one of the darkest hours for Ireland. When McGuigan fought the two factions ceased hostilities to cheer their hero on. It is little wonder then that Jim Sheridan's biography written at the height of his fame was called `Leave the Fighting to McGuigan.'
A few years later after his professional career ended another book was written by Gerry Callan and Harry Mullan with help and input from McGuigan. Yet this new book `Cyclone: My Story' is the first book written by the former champion himself.
As a huge fan I was eager to read this and learn more, finally getting Barry's own perspective and analysis on his life and career inside the ring and out.
The book does not disappoint, like his writing in the newspapers and his ringside commentaries, this book is packed with honesty and insight. He has always been an intelligent and articulate individual and here he takes the reader through his early years growing up in the border town of Clones, his amateur and professional careers and life after boxing.
The narrative is like his fighting style used to be: fast paced and highly entertaining. I surprised myself with the speed with which I absorbed and devoured this book; that is testament to the writing style and ability to describe events, being both entertaining and informative. I particularly enjoyed reading about his family: his hard-working and organised mother, his genial and talented singing father, as well as his siblings. The early part is packed with humorous incident and colourful characters and McGuigan excels at bringing these people and events vividly to life.
All the great nights at the King's Hall where he had some of his greatest triumphs are recounted here. McGuigan's challenge for Eusebio Pedroza's WBA word featherweight title was watched by 27,000 at ringside, with 20 million watching on the BBC and a staggering estimated 200 million more watching around the world. Compare those figures to the big fights today and you soon get an idea of just how much of a household name he was at the height of his fame.
Of course nothing lasts forever and McGuigan does not shy away from openly talking about the bad times as well. He is candid about losing the title in the blazing heat of the desert in Las Vegas to Steve Cruz and the terrible tragic personal events that followed after that defeat. There was the comeback and retirement followed by the McGuigan we know today: commentator, writer, amateur coach and, more recently, boxing promoter.
He talks openly and honestly about everything, the successes as well as the disappointments and heartbreaks. We learn more about the Professional Boxers Association which McGuigan co-founded with fellow boxers Nicky Piper and Colin McMillan in 1993. We learn about how McGuigan trained for his contests and how techniques on training and nutrition have developed and changed in the last few years. He also gives his take on amateur boxing and how it can be a positive force in young people's lives as well as his boxing academies that are opening across the country. There can be no doubt that McGuigan is `putting back' as the old saying goes.
This is compelling and riveting stuff and I came away with a much greater understanding of who he is. The book goes behind the image of the genial and polite former fighter with the microphone.
Simply put `Cyclone: My Story' is a must read not only for McGuigan fans (and that includes non-boxing people) but anyone who wants to read a truthful warts and all autobiography. Boxing has an engaging and highly knowledgeable ambassador in him. Bring on the next chapter!
The book is great story about his life, growing up and training with the troubles in Ireland at the time. I especially liked the depth of coverage in fight preparation, training, emotions, as well as detail about his fights. It gives you a real insight to the man and a sense of the kind of regime, sacrifices and mindset you need to reach the top in your chosen profession. Barry covers everything, the high points, the low points, the tragedies in his life; the lot.
Even for those with little interest in boxing it is still a great story.
However, I have always felt that Barry's career was unfulfilled. This was for a number of reasons and this book delves into the reasons for why this happened. The one overriding theme is honesty and of taking responsibility for his actions, regardless if the outcome was positive or negative.
The book also goes into fantastic detail of some of his key fights, the build-up, the fight itself and the aftermath. You do really feel as if you are there and his technical explanation of the tactics used is a much valued added bonus.
He does not shirk taking about the fall out with Eastwood, his defeats, the death and the massive impact it had on him of Young Ali and of course, because of the time and the places, how the troubles in Northern Ireland impacted on him.
Would recommend this for boxing fans of any age.