By Terence Dooley
Belfast’s Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (23-1, 14 KOs) has confirmed the rumours that he has decided to split with long-time mentor Barry McGuigan. The former IBF World and WBA World Super-bantamweight, and WBA Super World featherweight holder released a brief statement confirming the news earlier today.
‘I can confirm that I have parted company with Barry McGuigan and Cyclone Promotions,’ stated Frampton. ‘I would to thank Barry, the McGuigan family and Cyclone Promotions for our time together.
‘Having taken time to consider my future and discussed it with those closest to me, I am confident that now is the right time to move forward and take my own career into my own hands.
‘I still believe that I’m the best featherweight in the world and I promise my fans that I am continuing with my efforts to get my homecoming fight rescheduled in the very near future.’
The news comes out on the heels of his recently cancelled WBC world title eliminator against Andres Gutierrez, which was spiked last month after the Mexican suffered a freak injury after falling while getting into the bath. Furthermore, the non-title affair was only an eliminator for the visitor after FRampron failed to make the featherweight limit.
Shane McGuigan, Barry’s son, trained the 30-year-old, who must now look for a new coach, promotional outfit and broadcaster as he bids to reclaim world title glory following his January majority decision loss to Leo Santa Cruz, the man he wrenched the WBA featherweight title from courtesy of the same result in July of last year.
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