Boxing

Carl Frampton "free" of Cyclone Promotions as he plans return to the ring

Carl Frampton and new trainer Jamie Moore
Andy Watters

CARL Frampton is now “completely free” of Cyclone Promotions and plans to fight again by the end of this year.

With Jamie Moore installed as his new trainer, two-weight world champion Frampton is discussing terms with a number of promoters including Eddie Hearn, Frank Warren and ‘Mack The Knife’ boss Matthew Macklin and will be in “camp mode” from the middle of next week.

Speaking to The Irish News yesterday, ‘The Jackal’ said he had had no contact with former handlers Barry and Shane McGuigan since he announced a parting of ways with Cyclone Promotions on August 21.

“I’m completely free of Cyclone,” he confirmed, ending speculation that he remained contracted to his former promoters.

“I hope time is a good healer, but there hasn’t been any contact either way since the split.

“Since I moved on I haven’t had any contact but we’ll see what happens in the future. I had a lot of good nights, big memorable nights, with the McGuigans.

“Shane is obviously a fantastic coach and I wish him well with all his fighters but it was just time for me to move on, get a fresh start and push on again.”

The end of his relationship with the McGuigan camp came when his August fight with Andres Gutierrez was called off after the Mexican was injured in an unfortunate hotel room accident. But would he still be with Cyclone if Gutierrez hadn’t slipped and that fight had gone ahead?

“I don’t know,” Frampton answered.

“I think things happen for a reason, that’s all I would say.”

He’ll be based in Manchester during the week and return home to his wife and young family for the weekends. Now 30, Frampton rules out changing his fighting style with Moore.

“Jamie is a good lad and knowledgeable and all I need at the minute is someone who can get me fit, give me good advice in the corner and work out tactics for opponents,” he said.

“I’m 30, I’ve got my style now and I’m not going to change it too much.

“He’s clever enough and I listened to him when he was doing punditry work for Sky – he’s always been very knowledgeable and gives good advice with a clam head but he knows when to gee you up as well.

“You have to have a different approach to every fighter and I think he understands that. I like his approach to training and how he feels that we should train so it’s all good.”

The names of several top coaches did the rounds and Frampton had two offers before his dad came up with the idea to link up with Moore.

“I was going through my head: Who’s it going to be?” he explained.

“It’s hard when you think about it. How many top coaches are there around the UK and Ireland? To be honest, there’s a handful.

“Adam Booth and Dave Coldwell were mentioned, Danny Vaughan was mentioned and Ismael Salas, who trains David Haye’s fighters, but not many more after that and I was thinking: ‘Who am I going to go with here?’

“My dad suggested Jamie Moore and, to be honest, I never thought of him. I thought ‘That could be a good shout, let’s try him out’. I went over, he was the first one I’d tried, but we gelled straight away, we clicked and that was it.”

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