Startling reports surfaced early last week of a potential rift involving former world champion Carl Frampton and his long-time friend, promoter and manager Barry McGuigan.
It was no surprise to WBN when the initial story broke as there were rumblings trouble was brewing in the Frampton camp just prior to a doomed clash with Mexican Andres Gutierrez.
Failed weight, an accident in the shower for his scheduled opponent, and a rumoured multi-million dollar offer from the United States have all played a part in what seems to be a point of no return to Frampton and McGuigan.
Despite being firm pals for years and both families being close, WBN has heard from good authority a split is on the cards imminently – even with trainer Shane McGuigan, unless both sides can reconcile and salvage some sort of relationship before the announcement is made official.
‘The Jackal’ is approaching a critical time in his career, having turned 30 years of age just weeks after suffering a maiden career loss to Leo Santa Cruz. It’s no secret Frampton was disappointed to miss out on a lucrative trilogy fight with the Mexican but was said to be pleased to secure a homecoming as a consolation.
A massive clash with Lee Selby seems to be the next port of call for Frampton, although may not be as lucrative as some of the other fights on offer in the division above.
Featherweight is a bustling weight class at the moment, with the likes of Abner Mares, Gary Russell and Josh Warrington all adding to the possibility of an encounter with Selby.
Should Frampton move up to super-featherweight though, there are two even bigger collisions to consider, one of which would be against pound for pound boxing superstar Vasyl Lomachenko.
The other would see Frampton facing off with Floyd Mayweather protégé Gervonta Davis, with both offering massive paydays for the Irishman into the late hundreds of thousands and possibly even millions of dollars.
Sealing those kind of future opportunities has led Frampton to this current crossroads, and it’s now down to what move the two-weight title holder wants to make and whether he ultimately sees his future away from McGuigan’s influence.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay