Exclusive: Barry McGuigan discusses promotional company rise, future plans

Joe Hewlett 21/07/2017

Barry McGuigan and Cyclone Promotions couldn’t be in a better place. Whilst Shane has progressed into an elite trainer, his other sons, Blane and Jake, have become an integral part of promoting their brand.

One would say it’s most certainly a family affair and Barry couldn’t be more ecstatic.

“I’m very proud of Shane, I think he’s one of the best trainers in the world. He strives to get better; puts in huge shifts and never takes anything for granted. He’s a very determined man who works very hard. I’m very proud of the other boys Blane and Jake who work exceptionally hard. We just want to be the best we can be,” McGuigan exclusively told World Boxing News.

The hugely adored Irishman revealed he never expected such success when he first established Cyclone Promotions.

“If you asked me ten years ago that we’d have had a promotional company, be managing fighters, my sons to be promoting and a TV deal, I’d have said: ‘I’m never going to go down that route.’

“I never believed I’d get so involved in boxing to this extent but that’s the route we want to go down and only want to improve to put on better shows with more irons in the fire on television.”

McGuigan admitted his long-term ambition is to become Britain’s top dog in the promoting business and with Channel 5 joining the brigade, McGuigan is confident of the outcome.

He said: “We wanna be competing with the best guys. I believe I can do it better than anyone else, that may sound obnoxious – You look at Hearn, look at Warren, they’re very good at what they do but we do our stuff differently.

“I deal with Eddie very well and we’re competitors but I have the utmost respect for him and for Warren, they’re very good at what they do but we want to do better.

“We don’t compare ourselves to anyone, the only comparisons we make is to ourselves. We’ve only been going for five years. We’re always looking for improvements and that’s our benchmark.”

It’s been 28 years since the ‘Clones Cyclone’ hung the gloves up after giving the UK some of the fondest memories inside the ring.

The 56-year-old informed WBN he struggled post-boxing.

“I used to miss fighting for a couple of years afterward. I used to get butterflies in my stomach sitting ringside when I was doing commentary and the analytical stuff because it felt like I was going in to fight.”

Barry still gets those ‘butterflies,’ but this time around, it’s for his current crop of talent.

“That all sort of evaporated a long time ago. I get nervous now because it’s one of my fighters and I care about them so much.

“I’m in the gym every day watching them train and spar. I don’t get involved with any business side I just stay in the gym, irritating my son sometimes,” he laughed.

“I don’t think he’d (Shane) have it any other way. I think he likes my presence there but he’s a terrific coach in every way and is ably assisted by Daryl Richards his strength coach and Josh Pritchard, his assistant boxing coach,” the former world champion concluded.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95