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Barry McGuigan – I didn’t reach my potential, my goal in life is to make sure Carl does

Former World champion Barry McGuigan is an Irish fight legend renowned across the World for a remarkable career.

The Clones Cyclone represented Ireland at the Olympics and became the World Boxing Association featherweight champion with victory in on a historic night in Loftus Road. 

Indeed at the height of his powers McGuigan, now CEO of Cyclone Promotions, was one of the most famous faces not just boxers in Ireland and Britain. It’s a career most would be envious of.

However, the fan favourite feels he never reached the heights he should have and as a result has made it his mission to ensure Carl Frampton becomes the star his talents suggest he should be.

Indeed McGuigan claims he has made making Frampton a success his mission in life.

“My goal in life is to prove that this kid is an outstanding fighter and make his career better than mine. I felt that I didn’t reach the potential I had and I don’t want that to be the story with Frampton. I really want him to be the star I believe I could have been,” McGuigan told the Telegraph before discussing the upcoming Quigg clash.  

“This is another rung on the ladder and it’s going to lift him to another level.”

 “We’re halfway through his career and this is his most important fight. There are other major fights out there for him, too. Quigg is a dangerous puncher and Carl will have to concentrate the whole way through this fight, but I think he’s better than him in every department including punching power. Everything has to be tidy. I absolutely believe 100 per cent that he will win this fight and it will be one of his career-defining fights.”




Integral part of the Irish boxing community for over 13 years