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Published: 15:10 | 14/11/17

Frampton re-energised after McGuigan split


Carl Frampton says he ended his partnership with Cyclone Promotions because he felt he was "getting a bit stale" under trainer Shane McGuigan.

Frampton confirmed in August that he had ended his eight-year partnership with manager Barry McGuigan and his Cyclone Promotions company, following a disastrous 2017 where he lost his WBA featherweight crown to Leo Santa Cruz, then saw his comeback fight against Andres Gutierrez in Belfast on 29 July called off.

The 30-year-old will fight Horacio Garcia at the SSE Arena in Belfast in a 10-round non-title fight, live on BT Sport 1 on Saturday, 18 November [from 8.30pm], his first bout since joining up with promoter Frank Warren and new trainer Jamie Moore.

The former two-weight world champion admits he is under pressure to justify his decision to leave the McGuigans, but says he is starting to enjoy boxing again after linking up with Moore.

"If this part of my career doesn't go right people are going to say: 'You shouldn't have left the McGuigans'," he told the Daily Star.

"I know exactly what they are going to say but, for me now and how I am with boxing at the moment, it was the right decision to make.

"I just felt like I needed a change and I needed to do something.

"I felt I was maybe getting a bit stale or something. You don't know until you come out of the situation but now when I'm here I'm enjoying it. I'm enjoying boxing."

Photo: Inpho/Jonathan Porter

Carl Frampton's fight against Horacio Garcia at Belfast's SSE Arena on Saturday,18 November will be shown live on Box Nation and BT Sport 1 from 8.30pm. Belfast boxer Jamie Conlan will face Jerwin Ancajas of the Philippines for the IBF world super-flyweight belt and triple Olympian Paddy Barnes makes the first defence of his WBO European Championship title on the same bill.

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