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Frampton must choose his new coach wisely, says McCrory


By David Kelly

Former World champion Glenn McCrory says Carl Frampton's choice of his new coach will be "critical" to his future success.

Frampton revealed on Monday that he had ended his partnership with Barry McGuigan and Cyclone Promotions and coach Shane McGuigan confirmed his parting of the ways from the Jackal when removing the former world champion from his list of boxers on Twitter.

The focus of speculation has been on just who the 30-year-old Belfast man will sign with as he seeks to once more rule the world, but highly-respected McCrory, a commentator with Sky for 27 years, feels the coaching position is even more important.

"The bond between a fighter and trainer is massive. If you know that you have a trainer who will walk through walls for you, who has your best interests at heart it makes all the difference," said McCrory.

“Carl has made a big decision in leaving Cyclone and I’m sure that he is ready for another massive decision in choosing who coaches him.

“It needs to be someone who can give him the individual attention he needs, someone who will spend the next two years just focused on Carl. There are some good coaches in the UK and America but a lot of them have other fighters and I don’t feel at this stage of his career that Carl should be part of a team of fighters — he’s past that.

“Carl’s in that elite bracket of fighter, there are not too many like him and I hope that he can find an experienced coach who knows the business and who will solely focus on him.”

McCrory, who has opened up a gym in Donegal, admits he was as surprised as anyone else when he heard of the split between Frampton and Cyclone Promotions but believes the Jackal still has more to achieve.

“Carl’s next fight is going to be crucial because he can’t afford another loss at this point of his career, so he needs to have a settled team and a coach that he gels well with before he goes back into the ring. Carl’s a clever guy so he’ll know that, he wants to return with a good win,” added McCrory.

“He can have some massive fights before he retires so he just has to carefully decide who the right person is to go with.”

Frampton enjoyed a full-time working relationship with McGuigan after initially starting off as a professional under the coaching of Belfast man Gerry Storey.

McGuigan’s success with Frampton, who won World super-bantamweight and featherweight titles over the past three years, led to other fighters such as George Groves and David Haye seeking his services.

There is no obvious replacement for McGuigan, though Frampton knows there are numerous options, whether in the UK or in America.

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