By Diarmuid Sherry
Father and son Barry and Blaine McGuigan both share an equal optimism about the future of their promotional company Cyclones Promotions, and hope to bring more boxing to Belfast in 2016, after the “All on the Line” show on November 20th at Waterfront Hall.
The Waterfront Hall show, headlining with Conrad Cummings against Alfredo Meli for the Celtic Middleweight Title, follows a successful show last week when Belfast fighter Anthony Cacace defeated the home favourite Ronnie Clark in Edinburgh to win the Celtic Featherweight title via a dramatic 10th round knockout.
Speaking to Irish-Boxing, Barry McGuigan said, “It’s very exciting for us. We are in the business of developing talent. It is with the greatest will in the world for me to see kids reaching their potential, developing and getting better.”
Blaine McGuigan also explains that Cyclone have a talented roster, even if IBF SuperBantamweight Titlist Carl Frampton is the superstar of the stable.
“We are trying to keep up the momentum. We’ve got a great talent in Josh Taylor, who proved in his last fight that he is a top talent. His opponent just couldn’t live with his speed.
“We’ve got someone in Conrad Cummings who can go all the way. He can be Celtic Champion in 8 fights and British Champion in 12. We’ll move him at that pace. That’s how confident we are.
“Anthony Cacace is an unbelievable talent. I’m talking about one of the hardest punchers probably any of us has ever seen. And Marco McCullough had a shock in the summer, but he is another super talent and is probably the most popular boxer in Belfast outside of Carl Frampton.”
The McGuigan’s also spoke about what they hope to achieve with Cyclone Promotions in 2016, and how Belfast is very much a part of their planning, although with a note of caution.
So says Barry, “We really want to come back to Belfast on a regular basis and we want to be able to put on exciting shows, but they’re expensive and it’s tough to balance the books.
“It’s very important to us that we get the right combination of ticket sellers and exciting fights. The boxing fans in Belfast are fantastic and they know their boxing, and they know that our next fight with Cummings and Meli is going to be a fantastic fight, so they should go buy their tickets now when they can.”
Blaine continued, “We look for providing the step for these fighters now, and it’s about getting the fights they need. That’s the aim of these shows. These shows are aimed to build these talents, and hopefully they will become a success and we will be back in Belfast more and more.
“We also plan to spread to Edinburgh and Glasgow as well, but Belfast is our home.”