Paddy Maguire (boxer)

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Paddy Maguire
Real namePaddy Maguire
BornSeptember 26, 1948
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Boxing record
Total fights35
Wins by KO16
No contests0

Paddy Maguire (born 26 September 1948) is a former bantamweight boxer. He was a Commonwealth Games silver medal winner and one-time holder of the BBBC bantamweight title.

Amateur career[edit]

Maguire, who was born in Belfast, represented Northern Ireland at the 1966 Commonwealth Games. At the games he won a silver medal in the bantamweight division.[1]

Professional career highlights[edit]

Maguire's first professional fight was on 4 March 1969 when he fought Bernard Nicholls and won on points.

His first title fight was on 20 February 1973, at the Royal Albert Hall. He was fighting for the British bantamweight title, his opponent was Johnny Clark. Maguire lost on points.[2]

Maguire's second attempt at the bantamweight title was on 10 December 1974, at Nottingham ice rink. His opponent was Dave Needham, Maguire again lost on points.

On 20 October 1975 Maguire's third attempt to win the British bantamweight title was successful. This time he beat Dave Needham, winning by a technical knockout in the 14th round.

Maguire had two unsuccessful attempts to win the European Boxing Union (EBU) bantamweight title.
His first attempt took place at Cluses, France on 16 January 1976. His opponent was Daniel Trioulaire, the fight was a draw.
The second attempt took place at Cagliari, Sardinia on 28 September 1977. His opponent was Franco Zurlo, Maguire lost on a technical knockout in the 8th round.

Maguire lost his British bantamweight title on 29 November 1977, at the National Sporting Club, Piccadilly. His opponent was relative newcomer Johnny Owen,[3] Maguire lost on a technical knockout in the 11th round. This was to be Maguire's last fight.[2]

Paddy now lives in West Belfast with wife Patricia, they have 7 daughters and 3 sons.

Although not very known. Paddy had a very close friendship with boxer Muhammad Ali.


Maguire retired from professional boxing in 1977 aged 29. He is still involved in the sport and is currently serving as a Council Member on the Northern Ireland Area Council of the British Boxing Board of Control[4]

Conservative politician Colin Moynihan is recorded in Hansard as having once sparred with the retired Maguire at the Thomas A Becket public house on London's Old Kent Road.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Empire / Commonwealth Games Medalists". Ulster Provisional Council (10=IABA). Archived from the original on 2008-09-22. Retrieved 2008-09-25.
  2. ^ a b "Paddy Maguire". Archived from the original on 2012-10-07. Retrieved 2008-09-24.
  3. ^ "Johnny Owen. Boxing champion who met a tragic end". Archived from the original on 2009-01-11. Retrieved 2008-09-25.
  4. ^ "Council Members". Archived from the original on 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2008-09-25.
  5. ^ "Professional Boxing". Hansard. 1985-02-22. Archived from the original on 2009-07-16. Retrieved 2008-09-25.

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