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Carl makes a shock move, writes Ge­orge Gigney

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Big news from both Carl Framp­ton and Shane Mosley, and a shock in Ja­pan

FORMER two-weight world cham­pion

Carl Framp­ton has con­firmed a split with Barry Mcguigan and Cy­clone Pro­mo­tions.

The North­ern Irishman had been men­tored by Mcguigan since he turned pro­fes­sional in 2009, and be­came uni­fied su­per-ban­tamweight and WBA feath­er­weight world cham­pion.

He lost his feath­er­weight ti­tle to

Leo Santa Cruz in Jan­uary and news of his split with Cy­clone fol­lows the can­cel­la­tion of Framp­ton’s fight with

An­dres Gu­tier­rez, which was scrapped at the last minute when the Mex­i­can in­jured him­self by slip­ping in the shower.

“I can con­firm that I have parted com­pany with Barry Mcguigan and Cy­clone Pro­mo­tions. I would like to thank Barry, and the Mcguigan fam­ily and Cy­clone pro­mo­tions for our time to­gether,” Framp­ton said in a state­ment.

“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 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 a homecoming fight resched­uled in the very near fu­ture.”

The BBC had pre­vi­ously re­ported that the ini­tial post­pone­ment of the Gu­tier­rez fight added more pres­sure to an al­ready strained re­la­tion­ship be­tween Carl and Cy­clone, the pro­mo­tional com­pany run by the Mcguigan fam­ily.

Ru­mours be­gan to spread when, less than 10 days be­fore his fight with Gu­tier­rez, the Belfast boxer re­signed as a di­rec­tor of Cy­clone Pro­mo­tions. It is un­clear whether Framp­ton will align with another pro­moter or not, but he is backed by in­flu­en­tial ad­viser Al Hay­mon and the ref­er­ence to tak­ing his ca­reer into his own hands hints that “The Jackal” may now op­er­ate as a free agent.

It also re­mains to be seen whether Framp­ton will still be trained by Barry’s son Shane.

They had seemed a tight-knit unit and Framp­ton be­came the 2016 Fighter of the Year when he handed both Scott Quigg and Santa Cruz their first pro­fes­sional de­feats to be­come North­ern Ire­land’s first ever two-weight world cham­pion.

The 30-year-old re­mains ar­guably the big­gest draw in his divi­sion and there are nu­mer­ous lu­cra­tive op­tions ahead of him, in­clud­ing a tril­ogy fight with Santa Cruz – as long as a deal can be struck.

‘NOW IS THE TIME TO TAKE MY CA­REER INTO MY OWN HANDS’

Photo: ED­WARD DILLER/DIBELLA EN­TER­TAIN­MENT

PART­ING WAYS: Framp­ton [left] has split with Barry Mcguigan [mid­dle], while it re­mains to be seen if he will still train with Shane [right]

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