Carl Frampton faces legal fight as Cyclone Promotions sues over 'breach of contract'
Cyclone Promotions has begun legal proceedings against Belfast former world champion boxer Carl Frampton.
The Tigers Bay-born fighter - known as 'The Jackal' to his adoring fans - broke with Cyclone Promotions earlier this year.
The dispute centres on contractual matters.
Legal representatives for Frampton say they will "defend the action rigorously" and will counter-claim on a number of grounds.
Legal proceedings were lodged against the boxer by Cyclone Promotions and Blain McGuigan, the son of former world champion boxer Barry McGuigan, at the High Court in London.
However, Barry McGuigan is not party to the legal action against Carl Frampton. He was formerly a director of Cyclone Promotions, but resigned in 2015.
It is understood the action relates to the split between the boxer and the promoter earlier this year. Frampton is now managed by MTK Global.
In a statement released last night, Frampton's legal representatives at Finucane Toner said: "Mr Frampton is deeply disappointed that Cyclone Promotions have decided to initiate legal action against him.
"However, he will not only defend this action rigorously, but can confirm he will be counter-claiming on a number of grounds.
"Mr Frampton is confident that this process will vindicate his position and reputation, and looks forward to engaging fully in this process to present all aspects of this claim before the court. Therefore it would be inappropriate to issue any further comment at this time."
Cyclone Promotions last night set out some of the background to the legal action.
"For some weeks now, Cyclone Promotions has been attempting to mediate a settlement with Carl Frampton and his representatives," it said.
"This mediation was ended by Carl Frampton's solicitors when a settlement could not be reached.
"The company therefore lodged a claim at the High Court against Carl Frampton relating to his breach of the promotional contract entered into with Cyclone Promotions.
"Cyclone Promotions is merely seeking a fair and equitable resolution to this contract dispute with Carl Frampton."
The Cyclone Promotions statement added: "The courts will now decide on the matter and since our claim marks the start of that process, it will therefore not be appropriate to make any further statement at this time."
It's just over a week since Frampton won his first fight under promoter Frank Warren, with a narrow points victory over Mexican opponent Horacio Garcia in front of a home crowd in Belfast's SSE Arena.
When he decided to end his relationship from Cyclone Promotions in August this year, Frampton said: "Having taken time to consider my future and discussed it with those closest to me, I am confident that now is the right time to move forward and take my career into my own hands."