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Hearn: I didn’t speak to Frampton when he was with Matchroom

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Eddie Hearn has revealed the extent of the strained relationships between himself and Team Frampton while the Belfast star was promoted by Matchroom between 2011 and 2013.

The English promoter described parralels between the situation and his ongoing saga with the Eubanks.

In the aftermath of Friday’s shock announcement that middleweight king Gennady Golovkin will face Kell Brook in September, it has emerged that a mooted Eubank Jr versus Golovkin fight was not made due to the demands of Eubank’s father.

Hearn has explained in detail the difficulties of dealing with Chris Eubank Sr, and that he has only ever had one conversation with British middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr – and likened the situation to his dealings with Frampton and Barry McGuigan.

Speaking to IFL TV, Hearn noted how “the only fighters I’ve had that sort of contact with are Chris Eubank and Carl Frampton.”

When asked did he have contact with Frampton during their time together, Hearn replied “not really.”

“When you’ve got a manager like that, like Barry or like Chris Eubank – and I’m not saying they’re the same because they’re different, Barry’s more logical.”

“They don’t want you near [their fighter].”

Frampton and Cyclone parted company with Matchroom in the aftermath of the first Kiko Martinez fight, and have since then spent time on both Boxnation and ITV.

During the bad-tempered lead up to the Sky PPV unification between Frampton and Scott Quigg in February, the Belfast man regularly expressed his disdain for Hearn, citing his arrogance and his greed. This tension culminated at the final press conference when The Jackal let loose at Hearn when the 37 year old put his hands on him during a head-to-head with Scott Quigg.

Watch Eddie Hearn’s interview with IFL TV in full below:

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Joe O'Neill

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