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Shane McGuigan Explains Shock at Josh Taylor's Jump To Top Rank

Trainer Shane McGuigan explained that he was shocked when Josh Taylor decided to split from Cyclone Promotions.

McGuigan's father, Barry McGuigan heads up Cyclone, and Taylor had been with the company since turning pro in 2015. Shane had been the head trainer for the talented fighter.

But earlier this month, it was officially announced that Taylor had signed a promotional contract with Top Rank. 

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2019 was the career-defining period for Taylor's career.

He won a hard-fought twelve round decision over Regis Prograis to unify the WBA, IBF junior welterweight titles, and with that victory he won the World Boxing Super Series tournament at 140-pounds.

That fight happened in October, Shane was advised of Taylor's intention to depart in late December.

Cyclone Promotions have claimed that Taylor is still under a valid contract, while the unbeaten fighter claims the agreement was breached and no longer valid.

"I feel a bit begrudged by it all. It was late December and I got a phone call saying Josh was asking to leave. It was a pretty big shock. I didn't see anything coming," Shane McGuigan explained during an interview with Boxing Social.

"As soon as I heard that, my heart sank. Mainly because of the effort and time that we had put in to Josh. I felt we had managed him and trained him impeccably - 16 fights unbeaten, unified world champion, Ring magazine champion. To find out like that was a blow. I'm annoyed that I've invested four-and-a-half years of my time and energy in someone who just doesn't deserve it."

Shane revealed that there were ongoing discussions to sign Taylor to Eddie Hearn's Matchroom - which would have seen him featured on DAZN and Sky Sports. Top Rank has an exclusive content deal with ESPN.

"We were in regular talks with JT about a multi-fight deal with Matchroom USA and DAZN and Sky. We were constructing something really big for him. Obviously he chose to do his own thing. If he'd been a year into his career, fine, no problem. And if he'd have called me and talked to me and everyone and done it the right way, then that would have been fine," Shane McGuigan said.

"I train fighters that aren't necessarily managed by my dad. But with Josh, dad had signed him from the start and has done an amazing job with him. It's not right to do it that way. I'm not going to continue to train him when he has done that to somebody so close to me. I just feel it's not fair for that person to be cut out."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by StefanYHU on 01-24-2020

[QUOTE=soul_survivor;20344569]This is not the more professional way to handle a situation in all honesty but maybe it will turn out better for Cyclone. Josh Taylor seems like someone with demons and hisb ody may face sooner rather than later.[/QUOTE] Demons.....what…

Comment by soul_survivor on 01-24-2020

This is not the more professional way to handle a situation in all honesty but maybe it will turn out better for Cyclone. Josh Taylor seems like someone with demons and hisb ody may face sooner rather than later.

Comment by Vinnykin on 01-24-2020

[QUOTE=StefanYHU;20344378]There’s a lot of dirt.....much of it is online already Blain, another one of Barry’s sons, was included on a Promotional agreement with Frampton. However it’s clearly known the promotion was done by Barry McGuigan. Blain was added to that…

Comment by StefanYHU on 01-24-2020

[QUOTE=Vinnykin;20343553]Frampton and Taylor are close..... I don't believe Taylor would have taken this lightly, he seems like a straight shooter and a loyal family man. Best thing to do would be to wait for details from the Frampton court case…

Comment by alexguiness on 01-24-2020

Cyclone clearly have a very dubious reputation and deserve to be scrutinized. Both Frampton and Taylor seem genuine and likely acted to protect their interests. Shane is a very good trainer, but Barry is proven snake when it comes to…

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