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Frampton settles his multi-million pound case with McGuigan

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McGuigan (right) and Frampton endured a ‘toxic’ relationship

McGuigan (right) and Frampton endured a ‘toxic’ relationship

McGuigan (right) and Frampton endured a ‘toxic’ relationship

Former world champion boxer Carl Frampton has settled his multi-million pound legal battle with former manager Barry McGuigan.

All litigation and counterclaims were stayed on confidential terms at the High Court in Belfast.

The action ended after 19 days of evidence on the breakdown of a once-close relationship between two Irish greats of the sport.

Frampton (33) had sued his ex-manager for alleged withheld earnings from big bouts staged in Northern Ireland, England and the United States.

He was claiming up to £6m (€6.7m) against Cyclone Promotions UK Ltd - of which McGuigan was a director - over purses, broadcasting rights, ticket sales and merchandising.

Slave

Lawyers for the Belfast fighter alleged he had been signed up to a "slave contract".

In a counter-suit, McGuigan claimed the one-time protege he had treated like a son was in breach of contract by quitting his Cyclone organisation in August 2017.

Both men denied any wrongdoing throughout the case.

A resolution in their acrimonious legal dispute was reached following the discovery of more than 10,000 emails potentially relevant to the case.

The court was previously told the electronic messages had either been lost or deleted from the Cyclone account.

In an unexpected development, it emerged that masses of archived emails were found on the company's systems last week. Proceedings were adjourned to allow a "mammoth" trawl through all the new mat- erial.

Mr Justice Huddleston was notified last night that a settlement had been reached.

No direction was made on the costs of the case.

Frampton and McGuigan enjoyed huge success before their eight-year partnership turned sour.

Nicknamed 'The Jackal' for his exploits in the ring, the fighter won world titles in two weight divisions.

He claimed, however, that McGuigan promised him a 30pc share of profits as an incentive to end a previous promotional arrangement and sign up with the Northern Ireland-based Cyclone firm set up in 2013.

In evidence, Frampton alleged he was never paid as a director of that company.

He then vowed never to fight for McGuigan again after the taxman issued a bill for nearly £400,000, the court was told.

The boxer's case centred on an alleged conflict of interest over McGuigan's dual role as manager and promoter of some fights. Any suggestion that money had been stolen from him was categorically denied.

During cross-examination, it was put to the fighter that he was no "little boy lost", instead having a major say in what his purses would be.

The court also heard how the atmosphere between the two men in their final days working together was "toxic".


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