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Carl Frampton can shrug off McGuigan split and hit jackpot, says former champ

 

By David Kelly

Carl Frampton can put his split from manager Barry McGuigan behind him and earn a small fortune before he hangs up his gloves, according to former World champion Dave McAuley.

Two-weight World champion Frampton yesterday revealed that he has parted company with long-time manager McGuigan, stating: "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."

Respected analyst McAuley, the Northern Ireland record holder for World title defences, says the Jackal can put himself in a position to secure a series of bouts which could see him retire as one of the richest fighters ever.

"I think Carl probably has about four super-fights in him and they could earn him £10m when you bring everything together - the gate receipts, television money and overseas television rights," said McAuley, who was promoted by Barney Eastwood.

"There's the fight with Lee Selby, the IBF champion, and the third fight with Leo Santa Cruz and then he could even move up a weight and have a couple of mega-fights at super-featherweight if he wanted.

"I would love to see him fight Selby because I've no doubt that he'll beat him and when his mind is right he'll beat Santa Cruz as well. That was a very strange performance by Carl in Las Vegas when he lost to Santa Cruz, he didn't look himself at all.

"But before he can think about another World title fight he will probably need a fight to get him back firing on all cylinders again because he has been out of the ring for seven months already and now he has to deal with this split from McGuigan."

The race is now on for every top promoter to strike a deal with Frampton but McAuley believes there is one clear favourite.

"If I was in Carl Frampton's position I would sign up with Eddie and Barry Hearn," he added.

McAuley continued: "I know that Carl and Eddie had some words in the past but for the Hearns that is water off a duck's back. They're business people, they are there to make money for themselves and the fighter.

"I know how they operate because I worked for 12 years with them as a commentator. They're a good bunch of people and they have shown that with Sky television they have the infrastructure to deliver the big fights.

"They even deliver big opportunities for guys who are nowhere near the level of Carl Frampton, so what could they do for him?

"Carl is very keen to fight at Windsor Park and I'm sure that Hearn could deliver that in a heartbeat."

The promotional options for Frampton are obvious in the UK with Hearn and Frank Warren the big players along with the relatively new outfit MTK Global, who have numerous fighters on their books including two-time Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes and World ranked super-flyweight Jamie Conlan.

The Jackal, who held World titles at super-bantamweight and featherweight, will also attract great interest from the States. In conjunction with Cyclone Promotions, he worked with American powerbroker Al Haymon, while Top Rank - who look after Michael Conlan - would also see the Belfast man as a great asset to their ledger of boxers.

"Whoever Frampton signs with, the promoter knows that he is getting one of the biggest box office attractions in world boxing and also the best pound for pound fighter in the UK," added McAuley. "The break with McGuigan and Cyclone Promotions has come at a bad time in his career because he hasn't got a lot of time left and he can't allow things to drift on.

"I really hope that he gets out before Christmas, gets a win and his confidence back and then he can look at the world scene.

"Whenever he does get a promoter and a coach, it will take time for him to get used to his new environment but he can go on and be an even better fighter if he employs a top, experienced coach.

"I really believe that as good as he is, there is even more to come from Carl."

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