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Carl Frampton and McGuigan 'no longer speak'

By Cate McCurry

Shane McGuigan has revealed that he and Carl Frampton haven't spoken a word to each other since the dramatic late cancellation of the Northern Ireland boxing star's last big fight.

Frampton severed ties with trainer Shane and his father, promoter and boxing hero Barry McGuigan, after the proposed SSE Arena bout with Andres Gutierrez was called off in July when the Mexican injured himself a day before the contest.

Frampton later announced that he would no longer fight for the McGuigan-owned Cyclone Promotions, who had steered him to world titles at two different weights. The 30-year-old Belfast boxer is now preparing for his first contest since signing for the rival Frank Warren stable.

Speaking about the break-up of the pair's relationship for the first time, Shane McGuigan said: "It's a bit of a shame. We had some amazing nights together. We haven't talked since that dreaded night when Carl's opponent fell in the shower, so it's a bit of a shame it had to end this way.

"But that was Carl's decision and I wish him all the best in the future."

Speaking on Talksport, Shane admitted that he and Frampton had been "very close" before it all went sour.

He said: "I was groomsman at his wedding and he was groomsman at mine.

"but people move on and people change, and that's one of the reasons why Carl has made the decisions he's made."

Frampton has brought in a new trainer, Jamie Moore, to replace Shane and help him get into shape for his forthcoming fight against another Mexican, Horacio Garcia, in Belfast next month.

And yesterday 'The Jackal' revealed that he has more than halved his sparring regime to reduce the risk of brain damage.

"I've got two kids and a missus. I don't want problems after boxing. You need to be careful," he told BBC Sport.

"You're just taking punishment every day, getting hit all the time," Frampton said.

"That's something we're going to cut back on. I'll train hard, but the sparring will be cut in half."

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