McGuigan jnr has key role in Frampton bid
While Barry McGuigan will be a familiar face at ringside as the manager of Carl Frampton, son Shane will be playing his part in the corner.
Hard-hitting Frampton steps up for his first major title fight tomorrow night when he meets Australian Mark Quon for the vacant Commonwealth super-bantamweight belt in the Odyssey and McGuigan jnr has been by his side over the past seven weeks bringing the appliance of science.
Shane, a former Ulster senior champion, has become skilled in the art of strength and conditioning and more recently learning his trade as a coach under the watchful eye of dad Barry.
“The work we have been doing is all very scientific,” said Shane, who placed unbeaten Frampton on what is described as a ‘Caveman Diet’ which includes steaks for breakfast.
“Carl has done 146 rounds of sparring, he has worked incredibly hard and his body fat is now sub three per cent which is great.
“Other fighters will step into the ring at about seven or eight, maybe 10 per cent body fat, so it shows you how good a shape he is in.
“Carl is just like a little tank and when we bring these other things to his game it just makes him even better — it makes him more explosive.
“For this fight we have looked at how he is so well developed in his upper body that we have worked on getting him more strength in his legs. All the work is done against resistance.
“He just couldn’t be in better condition.”
Frampton was looking as relaxed and composed as ever as he came face to face with Aussie Quon for the first time at yesterday’s press conference in the Hilton Hotel.
Frampton said: “I give a lot of respect to Mark because he stepped up to the plate when other guys didn’t want the fight.
“This is going to be a very big night for me, since I turned pro I always wanted to win the Commonwealth title. It’s the first step to more titles for me and one day the world title.
“I had about 170 amateur fights and I’ve faced every style so I’m not bothered. I’ve seen a little bit of him on You Tube but I’ll just have to wait until Saturday to find out what he’s like.”