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Frampton: Why I will stay with Barry forever

Following on from Carl Frampton’s U.S. debut, some supporters have started to urge the Belfast man to leave his managerial and promotional outfit, Barry McGuigan and Cyclone Promtoions.

Writing in his weekly column for the Belfast Telegraph’s Sunday Life, ‘The Jackal’ has outlined why he plans to stay with Cyclone Promotions for life.

Old-school Frampton feels that “loyalty and trust are not in big supply in boxing but I’m with a team who believe in me and each other 100 per cent.”

“Cyclone Promotions may be a small, young outfit but we’ve already done some big things. I started my professional journey with Barry and I’ll end it with Cyclone Promotions.”

Frampton notes the experience of McGuigan as a major benefit, continuing “when it comes to my career as a whole I’ve been very fortunate to have someone like Barry, as my manager, who has been there and done it.”

“he’s got me on terrestrial TV in the UK for my last two fights and terrestrial TV in the States – and if you go by viewing figures released this week, I’m the most watched UK boxer, on a single night, this century. That’s incredible for me.”

The trust among his team is another selling point for Frampton, who believes that “to have people you can trust in is crucial, I can tell you that 95 per cent of boxers in the world do not have the kind of team that I have — too many are worried about their careers because boxing can be a dirty business.”

‘The Jackal,’ however, does know that “there are lessons to be learned from El Paso – and I and my team will not make the same mistakes again.”

On his side Frampton revealed that “in terms of weight control, I have promised my team that I’ll not gain as much weight in between fights. I do like my food but I just have to be a wee bit smarter.”

“Don’t worry, I’ll be back firing on all cylinders next time!”

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