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Carl Frampton and Barry McGuigan.

Carl Frampton and Barry McGuigan.

Carl Frampton and Barry McGuigan.

Carl Frampton looks set to end his eight-year partnership with manager Barry McGuigan and his Cyclone Promotions company.

The relationship between former two-weight world champion Frampton and his promoter is believed to have broken down in recent months.

Frampton (30) was due to fight Andres Gutierrez at the SSE Arena in Belfast last month but the contest was cancelled after the Mexican suffered a freak pre-fight injury in his hotel room.

Frampton had earlier missed the weight for the fight and in the aftermath of the postponement, sources within the Frampton camp indicated that the boxer was not happy with Cyclone and that he was considering leaving. A move back to Eddie Hearn's Matchroom stable has been mooted.

Former Irish flyweight World champion Dave 'Boy' McAuley believes that the timing of the split could not be worse for Frampton, saying: "This has come at a very bad time in his career. I worry for him because he's such a nice young fella."

Belfast Telegraph