Date: 9th September 2014 at 4:38pm
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On Saturday evening, as the dust settled on a magnificent nights? work by Carl Frampton, in winning the IBF world title belt, the McGuigan family certainly had reason to feel well chuffed.

Barry, a former world champion himself, would have known exactly how his charge, Carl Frampton, would have felt, but for his son Shane it would have been a new experience.

Shane, who has trained Frampton, finds himself in a position whereby he trains a world champion who is actually a few years older than him.

Following the sublime win over Kiko Martinez, Shane had a few words to say about how he thought Carl had boxed, remarking to the media,

?It is the best performance I have seen live. He was absolutely magnificent I couldn?t pick a fault when he came back to the corner.?

?For Kiko Martinez that is the best performance we could have done. Produce that and 10 times out of 10 you beat Kiko Martinez. Santa Cruz would be exactly like Kiko, he would probably have to go looking for Scott Quigg because once Scott half feels his power he will go on the back foot. When that happens you change your game plan.?

?Last time out he proved he could out box Kiko Martinez and in the latter rounds he proved he could out-fight him too.?

?He is the strongest super bantamweight out there he is the best at distance. I think he is the hardest as well. That is one part of his game that has raised, fighting on the inside and finding gaps. He showed tonight he is comfortable in there.?


Continuing, Shane explained how he spoke to Frampton after he?d floored Martinez in the fifth round, adding,

?A lion?s always dangerous when they?re hurt. Nigel Benn always got knocked down and he?d be at his most dangerous. So I said, ?work off your jab, control it all from the centre of the ring.?

?The first fight Carl covered a lot of ground and a lot of miles but this time he stamped his authority and every time he took a step back he threw something with venom and it worked.?


It was, just as Shane says, one of those perfect nights!