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Frampton taunts Joe Gallagher over comments on Santa Cruz win

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It’s fair to say that Joe Gallagher is a divisive figure in boxing.

The 2015 Ring Magazine Trainer of the Year gets under some people’s skin, particularly Carl Frampton and ‘The Jackal Army.’

This came to boiling point in the lead up to the Belfast man’s super bantamweight unification with the Gallagher-trained Scott Quigg.

Frampton labelled the Manchester-Sligo coach ‘arrogant’ numerous times ahead of the comfortable win at Manchester Arena.

The two sides didn’t fully make up after the February clash and some bad blood remains.

Gallagher has been reluctant to praise Frampton in the aftermath of his WBA featherweight title win over Leo Santa Cruz last week, labelling Anthony Crolla a more worthy contender for 2016 Fighter of the Year. Arguing his case, Gallagher pointed to the Manchester man’s WBA lightweight title defence against Ismael Barroso as well as his title-winning performance against Daerley’s Perez (which was in 2015) as superior wins than Frampton’s 2016 triumphs at two different weights over Santa Cruz and Quigg.

Gallagher, along with other major boxing figures was also asked how Frampton’s New York victory stacks up against other famous wins in America for today’s Boxing News. While the other contributors all claimed that it was up there as one of the best, Gallagher was not wholehearted in his praise, reasoning that “I don’t think it’s up there, but it is a great win.”

“Santa Cruz wasn’t the number one in the division, that’s Gary Russell Jr.”

“Credit to Frampton though, he did well”

Frampton of course couldn’t resist a cheeky retaliatory jibe:

‘The Jackal’s’ trainer Shane McGuigan also called Gallagher out on his comments:

Bolton-based Gallagher would brush off the mini tiff:

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie