Eastwood was introduced to boxing through the weekly boxing tournaments at the nearby US air base and by the tutelage of a school teacher of his from County Cork. At 19 years of age Eastwood was married, to his wife Frances, and was living in Carrickfergus running a pub and assist in the running of a local boxing club. In the late 1950s Eastwood was running small boxing shows in Belfast.
Eastwood was most notable for promoting the career of Barry McGuigan, however after McGuigan's surprise defeat to Steve Cruz in Las Vegas, United States the relationship between the two soured and this led to a costly and acrimonious legal battle between the two. Eastwood was represented by media lawyer Paul Tweed.
During the 1980s and 90s, Eastwood ran "Eastwood's Gym" along with John Breen on Belfast's King Street. In February 2008 it was announced that Barney Eastwood would be selling his chain of 54 Betting Shops to UK chain Ladbrokes for £135 Million.
Notable fighters promoted
- Barry McGuigan
- Crisanto España
- Paul Hodkinson
- Noel Magee
- Ray Close
- Dave Boy McAuley
- Víctor Córdoba
- Fabrice Benichou
- Tómas Rohan. "Barry McGuigan". BBC News. Archived from the original on 8 May 2006. Retrieved 28 May 2006.
- "Thank you very much for the memories, Mr Eastwood". Irish Independent. 22 January 2001. Retrieved 28 May 2006.
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