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Carl Frampton 'sleeping easy at night' as Barry McGuigan court case overshadows fighting career

Carl Frampton and Barry McGuigan are now locked in a legal battle
Andy Watters

CARL Frampton says he is “sleeping easy at night” as his May courtroom battle with Barry McGuigan and Cyclone takes precedence over his career in the ring.

Frampton, Ireland’s second two-weight champion and the first from the North, is suing former manager and promoter Barry McGuigan, his wife Sandra McGuigan and Cyclone Promotions (UK) Ltd on a number of grounds, including alleged withheld earnings from fights in England, Ireland in the USA including his Las Vegas rumble with Leo Santa Cruz and a breach of the terms of an International Promotional Agreement. The Belfast man is facing an action from his former handlers for alleged breach of contract and a High Court judge ruled in September that the actions will take place in Belfast.

Frampton lost a challenge for the IBF featherweight title against Josh Warrington at the Manchester Arena on December 22 and remains undecided over his future as a fighter. If he does return to action he says it won’t be until after the court proceedings have been concluded.

“I still haven’t made a final decision,” ‘The Jackal’ told The Irish News.

“Obviously I’ve got this court case with the McGuigans and I had back-to-back camps for four fights so I’ll have a bit of a break, get the court case over and then see what happens.

“If I do fight again, it won’t be until the summer and it would need to be something meaningful.

“I have a good relationship with Frank Warren (his promoter) and I’m going to meet him in London.

“I’ve got on well with him since I’ve teamed up with him and he has looked after me, paid me well which is important in this game and gave me the chance to fight for a world title on pay-per-view.

“I’ll sit down and speak with him and see what we do next.”

Asked whether the court case was playing on his mind, Frampton replied: “Not really.

“I speak to the solicitor every now and again and that’s about it.

“Honestly, it’s not worrying me in the slightest. I’m sleeping easy at night and I have no stress or worry over this court case which is pending.”

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