READ ALL ABOUT IT
Carl makes a shock move, writes George Gigney
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’
PARTING WAYS: Frampton [left] has split with Barry Mcguigan [middle], while it remains to be seen if he will still train with Shane [right]