Former world featherweight champion Barry McGuigan as now thrown his hat into the boxing promotion ring, signing up the highly regarded Carl Frampton, he has announced that his first professional show will be at the Ulster Hall in Belfast on September 18.
According to McGuigan the September 18 card will also feature Prizefighter winner Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey, and this will be the first of six shows he will promote over the next 12 months.
Speaking to www.Irish-boxing.com and also Steve Bunce (live recording above) McGuigan said, “We will be promoting six shows over the next year and all will be broadcast by Setanta Sports (Ireland), providing a wonderful platform for the best young boxers to showcase their talents to a large audience.
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In 1985 more than 19 million people tuned in to watch Barry McGuigan step into the Loftus Road ring to face Eusebio Pedrosa for the WBA featherweight crown. It was the first outside broadcast at a live fight by the BBC.
Hostillities were high in Northern Ireland then and sectarian violence dominated the news, McGuigan however brought the people of Ireland together with one common goal to support there home boy.
“I have a lot of very special memories fighting in the Ulster Hall – particularly winning the British title against Vernon Penprase in 1983, defending it and the European title against Clyde Ruan in 1984. There is always a special atmosphere for boxing and since they have done it up it looks stunning as well.
We wish Barry the best of luck with his boxing promotions and if he can be has succsessful a promoter has he was a fighter and boxing pundit, we are in for some good nights ahead in the name of Barry McGuigan promotions.