George Groves believes Carl Frampton is “gutted” after McGuigan split

WBA super middleweight champion and former stablemate George Groves feels parting company with Shane McGuigan would have been the hardest part of the Cyclone split for Carl Frampton.

‘The Jackal’ and the young London based trainer enjoyed huge success together and also seemed to have a real bond and true friendship with the 28 year old coach.

However, when Frampton revealed he was parting company with the McGuigan-run Cyclone Promotions, it was inevitable a parting of ways with youngest brother Shane would follow.

The 30 year old now looks set to confirm a link up with former Irish and British champion Jamie Moore in the coming days as he makes wholesale changes moving forward.

Groves, who has enjoyed success with the former Ulster champion McGuigan having won a World title at the fourth attempt under his guidance, is adamant he doesn’t know the reasons behind the Frampton-Cyclone parting of ways. However, he does stress his belief that the former two-weight world champion would have found it hard to part company with a trainer that led him to his biggest wins.

The Londoner told PA Sport that “I don’t know the full story with Frampton and the McGuigans, but as you can imagine, it must be very personal. They’re so well entwined, and it’s not nice for any of them.”

“Frampton must have felt that it was time to move on. I bet the thing he’s probably gutted most about is now not working with Shane McGuigan.”

Groves is currently in preparations for his first defence of his title and World Boxing Super Series quarter final with Donegal-Swindon dangerman Jamie Cox on Saturday October 14th at the Wembley Arena.

While not promoted by Cyclone, he remains trained by McGuigan alongside Coalisland middleweight Conrad Cummings, Prestopans light welter Josh Taylor, Northampton’s Chantelle Cameron, and Portsmouth’s Josh Pritchard.

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