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Carl Frampton stuck to the plan in world class display: coach Shane McGuigan

By David Kelly

Proud coach Shane McGuigan has no doubt now that IBF World super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton is the number one force in the division.

McGuigan, who has honed Frampton into an incredible fighting machine, is relishing the future with the Belfast man on the back of his stunning 12-round victory over Kiko Martinez on Saturday night.

"He's always thought he was a world class fighter but now Carl genuinely believes that he is unbeatable and I believe it to," said Shane.

"He has world class timing, world class power and world class ability. He can come out after such a hard fight and have a laugh and a joke, he's a world class guy.

"This was so much easier, he made it easier – he boxed Kiko from the centre of the ring, we had our plan to take a step back and hit him a couple of power shots because he come on because of the power. Carl stuck to the game plan, it worked a treat and I couldn't pick a fault in his performance.

"It's genuinely the best day of my life.

"Everyone said the Loftus Road night when dad won his World title was a great night – I wasn't even born then – and we have just relived it here.

"I am the happiest man around because I'm doing what I love with one of my best mates, we have the most incredible relationship – we trust each other completely ... these things are built over years.

"It's just the icing on the cake and it's just the beginning for what Carl can do.

"It was so one-sided but it was also so entertaining. Kiko has improved, he didn't know how to survive the first time but he got up this time and he pushed hard again after a round off and looked to pose problems.

"A lion's always dangerous when they're hurt. Nigel Benn always got knocked down and he'd be at his most dangerous. So I said, 'work off your jab, control it all from the centre of the ring.'

"The first fight Carl covered a lot of ground and a lot of miles but this time he stamped his authority and every time he took a step back he threw something with venom and it worked.

"I think in the last fight Carl could outbox Kiko and outfight him as well.

"There were a few head clashes in there and that was the only worry in my mind.

"He's a lot stronger than Kiko Martinez.

"Carl's the best at distance and he's the hardest super-bantamweight out there.

"He showed that he's comfortable at distance and then he got inside and fought him in the inside as well.

"Kiko will always possess that power and I genuinely think he will give Guillermo Rigondeaux a hard fight and I think he would knock out Scott Quigg right now.

"He's certainly not finished and I would love to see him fight Rigondeaux."

Naturally, the question now turns to the future and straight after Saturday's conquest former bantamweight, super bantamweight, and featherweight World champion Abner Mares said he would drop down a division to face the Belfast man, while Quigg and IBF manadatory challenger Chris Avalos are also names in the mix for the Jackal.

Shane added: "I'd like the Scott Quigg fight next, let's just put it to bed – that's a big money fight and the fight the public want to see and Carl wants it."

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