By Terence Dooley
Carl Frampton’s former trainer Shane McGuigan has admitted that the two have not spoken since Frampton’s Belfast homecoming fight against Anders Gutierrez was cancelled at the last minute in July after the Mexican slipped while getting into the shower and suffered cuts to his face. “The Jackal” had also missed the featherweight limit the day before the ill-fated contest was spiked.
Once promoted and guided by Barry McGuigan, Shane’s father, Frampton (23-1, 14 KOs) is now trained by Salfords’s Jamie Moore, advised by MTK Global and promoted by Frank Warren, who has put together a show at Belfast’s SSE Arena on November 18 in a bid to get his new charge back in action before the year closes to an end.
The 30-year-old former WBA Super World featherweight holder, and IBF and WBA World Super bantamweight titlist faces Horacio Garcia over 10-threes on that one, his first action since a decision loss to Leo Santa Cruz at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas in January.
McGuigan told talkSPORT that they have made a complete break and spoke about how they had once enjoyed a close personal relationship.
“We had some amazing nights,” he said. “We haven't talked since that dreaded night when Carl's opponent fell in the shower. It's a bit of a shame it had to end this way. That was Carl's decision and I wish him all the best in the future."
He added: “I was groomsman at his wedding and he was groomsman at mine, but people move on and people change, and that's one of the reasons why Carl has made the decisions he's made.”
The trainer takes George Groves into his WBA Super World Super middleweight defence against Jamie Cox, his fighter’s first appearance in the inaugural World Boxing Super Series tournament. Groves is expected to ease by Cox to set-up a semi-final showdown with Chris Eubank Junior, who KO’d Avni Yildirim in three on Saturday night to post his first win of the competition.
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