Irish boxing legend coming to Birmingham

A chance to spend the evening with Barry McGuigan.

It’s 33 years since Barry McGuigan won the world featherweight title, and next month the Clones Cyclone is coming to Birmingham for a special one-off event.

Conor McGregor might be the most recognised Irishman on the planet around today but during a frenetic spell in the mid-1980s, McGuigan captivated the country. Now, on 23rd March, The Irish Centre in Birmingham will host An Evening with Barry McGuigan three deecades after one of boxing’s most memorable nights.

On a summer evening in 1985, at the Loftus Road football ground in London, Barry McGuigan deposed the mighty Eusebio Pedroza to win the WBA world featherweight title. It was the culmination of a remarkable journey for the charismatic young man from Monaghan in Ireland. His sporting triumph is a story which somehow brought the divided communities in the north of Ireland together.

There shouldn’t be a shortage of questions to lob at the former WBA featherweight champion as although his days in the middle of the ring are years behind him, boxing still has Barry in its clutches. He writes and commentates on the sport, runs the successful Cyclone Promotions Company and manages some of the world’s best boxers. So, it’s clear that when Barry sits down in the Irish Centre this March to discuss his career, there won’t be a shortage of topics to quiz him on.

Tickets for the event, which will also include a photo opportunity, are priced at £25 and available from either behind the bar at the Irish Centre in Digbeth or online from