Gallagher needs to show some respect says Shane McGuigan

Shane McGuigan is smart enough to know the criticism sent his way by Joe Gallagher over recent weeks is part of a bid to unsettle Team Frampton ahead of a massive February 27th World title fight.

The young coach, who trains Frampton as well as David Haye and George Groves among others, has himself criticised the manner in which Gallagher, who is of Sligo parentage, has conducted himself in the build up to the mega clash, but expects as part of the business that is boxing.

However he takes exception to how he feels Eddie Hearn and Gallagher have treated his father and Irish fight legend, Barry McGuigan in recent weeks.

Speaking to late last year McGuigan told how the Manchester former coach of Matthew Macklin used to ring former World champ Barry McGuigan for advise, but speaking to Sky this week the former Ulster amateur champ feels Gallagher has over stepped the mark by ‘continuously’ trying to ‘down play’ his fathers achievements.

“I respect Scott as a fighter and so does dad. Whether we respect Joe Gallagher and Eddie Hearn is questionable,” Shane McGuigan said.

“It’s probably likewise for them but when you’ve got a guy like dad, who’s been in the game and established himself and brought fans into boxing, to have them continuously try and down-play him is insulting.

“There is a lot of animosity. Carl has his history with Matchroom too. There’s definitely a lot of behind-the-scenes begrudgery but it’s a business at the end of the day and we won’t let that affect us on the night.”


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