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Hitting the canvas – how the artist Freud came to ringside for McGuigan

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There was a crowd of 26,000 “mostly Irish” boxing fans crammed into a football ground in London with 20 million more watching on the BBC. It was the night of June 8, 1985, and the occasion was a fight for the world featherweight title between Barry McGuigan, the Clones Cyclone, and Eusebio Pedroza, the reigning World Boxing Association Champion.

seated inappropriately at the ring and not mentioned in newspaper reports was the painter Lucian Freud, whose portrait, girl with eyes closedwhich fetched £15,174,500 (€18.05m) at Christie’s auction house in London last month.

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