Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

Editor's Viewpoint: The gift of the jab

Can it really be 25 years since fresh-faced Clones boy, Barry McGuigan, became a national hero by lifting the world featherweight boxing title?

It is ironic that this most brutal of sports is also one which unites fans throughout this island and Barry was everyone's idol after his Loftus Road victory.

While Barry's gilded partnership with manager, Barney Eastwood, later lost its lustre in legal battles, the boxer remained a firm public favourite. Now he is a respected commentator, a tireless advocate for greater safety measures in the sport, and the mentor of another Clones Cyclone, his son, Shane.

Perhaps he has handed on the gift of the jab.

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