SURREAL and dispiriting. 2017 has been a difficult year for Carl Frampton. He lost his WBA featherweight world title in his rematch with Leo Santa Cruz and a tortured homecoming bout ended in farce as his opponent, Andres Guttierrez, fell in the shower the night before their contest, injuring himself so badly he was unable to box.
Now Frampton is back in Belfast with a new trainer, a new promoter, a new television channel, and a new opponent. Carl is confident Horatio Garcia isn’t going to suffer a bathroom related tumble this Friday night. “I think he’ll be alright,” Frampton reflected.
The Belfast man is feeling alright himself. It was a major decision when he left manager and professional mentor Barry McGuigan and trainer Shane McGuigan, with whom Frampton had enjoyed tremendous success. Carl now trains with Jamie Moore in Manchester, Frank Warren is promoting him and Saturday’s fight will be screened on BT Sport.