Carl Frampton knows he can make featherweight “easily” under new coach Jamie Moore


Carl Frampton tipped the scales at 127lbs this afternoon – but it was a very different Jackal to the one that registered the same weight back in July.

Back ahead of his, ultimately postponed, bout with Andres Gutierrez, the Belfast featherweight was unable to make the 126lbs limit.

Failing to make the weight would see that bout lose its status as a WBC title eliminator, and two-weight champ Frampton would speak in the aftermath about how it was unprofessional, but he just could not shed the final pound.

This time round the 30 year old came in at 127lbs for his non-title ten-rounder with Horacio Garcia, who tipped the scales at the same figure, with the two teams having made the fight for 128lbs.

Frampton was feeling good following his trip to the scales, and confident that the weight will not be an issue going forward.

The Ulsterman explained how “I could’ve easily made the championship weight, but with it being a non-title fight, both camps were happy to allow the extra couple of pounds if needed.”

“I know from my training and working with Jamie [Moore, trainer] that I can easily make featherweight and I just need to get the win now before I get a title shot against one of the big names in 2018.”

It was it comfortable build up for Frampton who, unlike before, did not need to train the night beforehand to ensure he made weight.

The Tiger’s Bay favourite described how “it’s just been stress-free in the build-up. “I’ve been taking it easy in training and I felt comfortable throughout the week.”

“People are noticing that I’m in a good mood – lads are saying they’ve never seen me like this the week before a fight and I feel full of life, so all’s good.”

The man who has brought Frampton through camp, new trainer Jamie Moore, notes how training has gone well – and the former Irish, British, Commonwealth, and European light middleweight champ is predicting a stoppage tomorrow night.

The Salford coach said that “he’s in great shape, great form. He’s done everything he needs to do. He’s on the home straight and ready to put in a good shift.”

“If Carl puts that shift in, I think he will stop Garcia. I know Garcia has never been stopped before – he’s a tough nut to crack, but with the form Carl’s in and the level of fighter he is, on his best night he’s a couple of levels above Garcia.”

“He has a point to prove and he wants to finish 2018 on a high. I think Carl will take Garcia into the deep waters and drown him.”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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Joe O'Neill

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