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Give Carl Frampton a break, says Barry McGuigan

Carl Frampton will ignore the doubters and go on to become one of the all-time greats, according to manager Barry McGuigan - writes David Kelly.

Team Frampton have been aware of the criticism from some quarters on social media regarding the Belfast man's points victory over Alejandro Gonzalez jr in El Paso on Saturday but former World featherweight champion McGuigan says it will only act as motivation going forward.

The IBF World super-bantamweight champion returned home yesterday with wife Christine on the back of his second successful title defence, when he had to get off the floor twice in the opening round.

McGuigan said: "I'm aware of the criticism and the sources and I'm not going to waste my time. I know how good Carl Frampton is and how good he is going to become.

"We had 2.5 million UK viewers, two million viewers in the States and we had 69 per cent of the audience in Northern Ireland and those figures speak for themselves.

"We know Carl was not at his very best, but he recovered and won nine or 10 of the 12 rounds and the Americans loved him and want him back. We have a path for Carl and we know he is going to go down as an all-time great fighter."

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