As we approach Frampton v Quigg, match-up between trainers Shane McGuigan and Joe Gallagher is almost as intriguing as the main event.
There is no love lost between the pair and Quigg’s trainer has sent a verbal volley at McGuigan.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Sligo-Manchester coach questioned McGuigan’s quality as a trainer, declaring that “Listen, Shane McGuigan has been in the sport two minutes. He’s a former amateur boxer. Obviously he took over once Gerry Storey stepped down before the Kiko (Martinez) fight, so he’s doing well with what he’s got.”
“He’s got a few fighters with him there now, but he’s only been in the sport two minutes and the jury is out until he brings someone in from scratch like other trainers have all the time.
The outspoken coach, who also mans the corner of World champions Liam Smith and Anthony Crolla, believes that McGuigan has been disrespectful in the lead up to the February 27th PPV clash.
“I do feel he’s come in and been a bit disrespectful to people who have been in the game. I see sneaky little videos where he calls me this and calls me that. It’s like, hang on a minute, I’ve served my time as an amateur coach and as a professional coach.
“When I came into the sport, I wasn’t calling Brendan Ingle, Johnny Eames, Jimmy Tibbs. Just get in there, do your work. Pipe down and let the results do the talking.”
“I’ve never disrespected Shane or Carl. The hostility they’re having towards me and you can only take it so much. If you want to give it, you’ve got to be able to take it. We’ve just sent a few little hand grenades back and as you’ve seen in the press and media tour, they are jumping up and down.”
“It’s not a case of him handling it better than me. I’m there to be employed by my fighters. He’s there and he wants to be the pin-up boy of British boxing.”