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Frampton weighing up deal with coach Moore to replace McGuigan

By David Kelly

Carl Frampton is eager to put in place his new team after breaking away from Cyclone Promotions and former European super-welterweight champion Jamie Moore is in the frame to be his new coach.

Former world champion Frampton has spent a couple of days way with Moore at his gym in Manchester, enjoying his first serious work-outs since the cancellation of his fight with Andres Gutierrez in July when the Mexican fell in his bathroom and sustained injuries to his nose and chin.

"A couple of good days working with the champ," tweeted Moore in regard to his work with Frampton who needs to put in place a coach as soon as possible if he is to return to the ring before Christmas.

Moore, who also works as a Sky pundit, trains Hull's super-lightweight Tommy Coyle who faces Belfast's Tyrone McKenna on the undercard of Ryan Burnett's world title show on October 21 at Belfast's SSE Arena.

While Moore has his base in Manchester, he would have the flexibility of being able to work with Frampton in Belfast.

Frampton made no secret of how tough it was leaving his family behind when he went into long training camps at Shane McGuigan's gym in London.

Frampton and McGuigan enjoyed some great nights together and now the Jackal needs to make the right move in regard to a coach who will bring out the best in him as he enters the final chapter of his boxing career.

Moore was an entertaining fighter during his career, winning British, Commonwealth and European titles.

He now seems to be in pole position to agree a coaching deal with Frampton, who has yet to announce a deal with a new promoter.

Eddie Hearn remains vocal in his desire to sign the Jackal, while American advisor Al Haymon is also in the running along with Frank Warren.

"He's a box office star - I can offer him Windsor Park fights, Leo Santa Cruz in Belfast," said Hearn.

"I don't know if he likes me but we don't have to be friends. I can give him big fights and buckets loads of money as well."

Meanwhile, Hearn has said he is delighted with the response to IBF bantamweight champion Burnett's world title unification fight with Zhanat Zhakiyanov next month.

The Matchroom boxing boss said they have already sold more tickets for Burnett's first title defence than the total amount sold for his challenge to Lee Haskins in June at the SSE Arena.

Hearn has also confirmed that Anthony Joshua's IBF and WBA heavyweight title defence against Kubrat Pulev will be at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on October 28.

The favoured venue of Cardiff instead means the champion will likely fight under the closed roof before pursuing his US debut in 2018.

There had also been suggestions the WBA could strip Joshua of their title amid their preference for him to fight Luis Ortiz, but with the Cuban likely to challenge WBC champion Deontay Wilder, Joshua's path appears clear.

Joshua said: "October 28 can't come soon enough, I have been eager to get back in the ring since Wembley.

"I'll be locked away focusing on fight number 20 for the next eight weeks. I am excited to experience the atmosphere in a sold-out Principality Stadium and aim to give the fans a spectacular night."

The 36-year-old Pulev, who lost his previous world heavyweight title fight against Klitschko inside five rounds, said: "We will not hug and hold, we will not run. We will stand and fight.

"His style fits mine perfectly and in boxing, styles make fights. My preparation will be very intense and I will be perfectly ready."

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