Carl Frampton and Barry McGuigan are now officially going their separate ways - as confirmed on Carl's Twitter feed on Monday.
It's a new beginning for the boxer but it also marks the end of what has been an exceedingly fruitful partnership. The boxing world has had its say:
Carl will move quickly back into World title action and I’ve no doubt he will be World champion again as long as he stays active. He’s been in too many hard fights, he has dictated so many of them so the future looks good for him. I’m just glad that the fight with Andres Gutierrez fell through last month because the Mexican fell in his shower because clearly his mind wasn’t right for the fight and it doesn’t matter who you are, if your mind isn’t right you can lose. Now he has to get himself a new promoter and a coach and I have to say that I would love the chance to train him, I’d be honoured to train him.
I think this move by Carl has come at the right time for him, it’s the right idea to take control of his career into his own hands rather than somebody else pulling the strings. He’s potentially got three to five years left at the top level if he’s only boxing twice a year because he hasn’t taken that much punishment. He has a good knowledge now of the boxing business on the world scene so he knows how to go forward.
I think it’s a real shame. They were such a good pairing, they came so far and did so much together, it’s a pity that they couldn’t see Carl’s career out to the end. Neither could have been where they are today without the other, so I think they were the perfect match while they were working together. It would have been a lovely fairytale story if Carl had won the World title again with the McGuigans in his corner. But Carl has to do what’s best for him.
This move by Carl could lead to a massive show in Belfast next year. Just think, there’s a possibility of Carl and Ryan Burnett on the same bill fighting for World titles with guys on the undercard boxing for titles — it would be something that we’ve never seen before. Carl’s such a big name now, he’s one of the top 10 pound for pound fighters in the world, so whoever he goes with now he’s going to be in huge fights, he doesn’t need anybody to push him.