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Carl Frampton can inspire future champs, says coach Shane McGuigan

By David Kelly

Carl Frampton is not only carving out a glittering career for himself but also inspiring others to shoot for ring glory, according to coach Shane McGuigan.

The young boxing trainer has made a global mark by taking Frampton to the IBF World super-bantamweight title and is eager to see more of his fighters move quickly up the boxing ladder.

Along with Frampton, McGuigan is developing middleweight Conrad 'Dynamite' Cummings from Coalisland, Belfast super-featherweight Anthony 'The Apache' Cacace and the most recent addition is young Josh Pritchard, who enjoyed a successful debut on the Odyssey bill last Saturday night.

There may well be more joining the London camp, though McGuigan insists he will not spread himself too thinly.

"Carl was brilliant on Saturday night, he went up a level and honestly there is still a lot of improvement in him and when the other guys see the level he is at and they see what he can do, it has to be inspirational," said McGuigan.

"Carl is just one of the lads, for a guy at the top of the sport he is so approachable and grounded and for other fighters in the gym he is very easy to talk to so they all get on very well and they can look at Carl and see just what is possible.

"Of course Carl is a special talent but he also has the work ethic and discipline that you have to have to get to where he is and the other lads can see how hard he works and know that they must do the same to fulfil their potential.

"You can never say that every fighter you take on is going to be a world champion because some great fighters never won a world title and then some not as good did just because they got the break. But I believe all my fighters will be champions and we'll give them every chance to fulfil their dreams and I want them all to be a world champion.

"Conrad is making very good progress, Josh is looking exciting, he hits very, very hard and in this camp we just had ahead of the Odyssey show, Anto was able to get in and spar Carl as well as the Mexican sparring partners we had so that was great experience for him.

"I could see Anto got a lot of confidence from being in with Carl, taking some very hard shots and if he can take those then he has to know that he can compete at the highest level - and the work he did with the Mexicans was great. It was just a pity he broke his hand on Saturday night because I wanted to get him back in the gym quickly and keep the momentum going."

Apart from those who are working with McGuigan in his gym in Battersea, he also believes that the Jackal is having a big impact across gyms in the Emerald Isle and UK.

"Carl is a great role model and ambassador for the sport of boxing and young guys looking at Carl will be inspired - they will see that he is a guy probably with a similar background to them and he has gone right to the top, so they can believe that is possible for them," added McGuigan.

"And there is a lot of great talent in Ireland, north and south and with the amateur boxing now becoming more like professional boxing than it has done for a while, I can see more top kids coming into the pro ranks over the next few years."

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