Wednesday 23 May 2018

Frampton and McGuigan to split after eight-year partnership

 

Carl Frampton, centre, with trainers Shane, left, and Barry McGuigan during a Press Conference at Europa Hotel, in Belfast. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Carl Frampton, centre, with trainers Shane, left, and Barry McGuigan during a Press Conference at Europa Hotel, in Belfast. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

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Carl Frampton looks set to end his eight-year partnership with manager Barry McGuigan and his Cyclone Promotions company.

The relationship between former two-weight world champion Frampton and his promoter is believed to have broken down in recent months.

Frampton (30) was due to fight Andres Gutierrez at the SSE Arena in Belfast last month but the contest was cancelled after the Mexican suffered a freak pre-fight injury in his hotel room.

Frampton had earlier missed the weight for the fight and in the aftermath of the postponement, sources within the Frampton camp indicated that the boxer was not happy with Cyclone and that he was considering leaving. A move back to Eddie Hearn's Matchroom stable has been mooted.

Frampton had already removed himself as a director within Cyclone Promotions just days before the fight with Gutierrez was scheduled to take place.

Frampton split from Matchroom in 2013 to stick with McGuigan and Cyclone Promotions, but Matchroom have admitted they would welcome the Tiger's Bay man back should he decide to rejoin them.

However, it is believed that Frampton himself is looking to move Stateside.

Frampton is trained by McGuigan's son Shane, and it is unknown whether that would remain the case if the Jackal was to leave Cyclone.

Former Irish flyweight World champion Dave 'Boy' McAuley believes that the timing of the split could not be worse for Frampton, saying: "This has come at a very bad time in his career. I worry for him because he's such a nice young fella."

Irish Independent

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