The boxing world has never known anything quite like the McGuigan fights in Belfast’s atmospheric King’s Hall. Barry McGuigan’s charisma went far beyond the boxing ring, the media revelling not only in the thrill of his success but also in the exciting personality of a champion whose appeal transcended the bitter differences of his troubled country.
A dazzling boxer, his career brilliantly manipulated by his millionare manager Barney Eastwood, McGuigan’s surge towards the world featherweight championship was unstoppable. They were an irresistible combination, and with McGuigan doing the fighting and Eastwood the promoting they went all the way to the world championship. Within four hectic years Barry McGuigan had become a multi-million dollar property.