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Barry McGuigan Delivers Knock-Out Event At Ashton Gate

Boxing legend McGuigan shares inspiring insight into his remarkable career. 


Undisputedly, one of the best boxers of his generation, Barry McGuigan was an entertainer in the ring and a leader outside of it. The former World Champion and now leading promoter, certainly lived up to that reputation as he had the Big Sports Speaker audience gripped with fascinating stories from his inspirational boxing career.

As an amateur, McGuigan won a multitude of titles and at the tender age of 17 he took the gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games and as a professional he won the British, European and World titles.

The boxing legend also shared some key lessons that he believes are key in becoming a success in business and sport. 

1. Drive:

“You need to be driven, give me a kid that is driven and not as talented as another guy any day, as in time he will overtake the talented guy because drive is everything. You need to work extremely hard to be the best.”

2. Self-Belief:

“You need to believe that you can reach the very top. You must think big otherwise you will limit yourself and never reach your potential. Aim for the ceiling and you might not get there, aim for the sky and you might just reach the ceiling."


Roger Black MBE is the next guest at Bristol Sport's Big Sports Speaker event on Thursday, April 27th. 

Bristol Sport is delighted to welcome legendary Athlete, presenter and motivational speaker Roger Black to Ashton Gate Stadium. 

One of the country’s most successful sportsmen, Black represented Great Britain for fourteen years at the highest level in the world of athletics.

Born in not far from Bristol in Portsmouth, Roger was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School and subsequently went on to read medicine at Southampton University.

He is particularly admired for his triumphs over adversity, overcoming serious injuries and a rare heart valve condition to go on to become a world champion.

Roger Black won fifteen major championship medals including European, Commonwealth and World Championship gold medals.

His greatest achievements included:

  • Winning the Olympic 400 metres silver medal in 1996
  • Being part of the gold medal winning 4 x 400 metres relay team at the 1991 World Championships
  • British Men’s Team Captain and was awarded the MBE in 1992

Black is now recognised as one of the leading motivational speakers in the UK.  He understands the dynamics of becoming a champion, how to live a dream, set goals and take the necessary steps to fulfilling ones potential.

The Big Sports Speaker event with Roger Black will be an afternoon event from 5pm-7pm at Ashton Gate Stadium. 


Tickets £20+VAT for Lansdown Club Members and £25+VAT for non-members. 

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