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Carl Frampton ready for return following record-breaking camp

Carl Frampton enters fight week following a completely different type of camp to what he has become accustomed to, and ‘The Jackal’ is feeling – and seeing – the benefits.

The Belfast featherweight takes on Horacio Garcia in his comeback bout this Saturday at the SSE Odyssey Arena, live on BT Sport, in what will be the first fight of a new era for the two-weight champ.

Since his rematch loss to Leo Santa Cruz in January, Frampton [23(14)-1(0)] has parted with manager Barry McGuigan, promoter Cyclone, and trainer Shane McGuigan. The 30 year old has moved from London to Manchester for training and is now under the tutelage of former Irish, British, Commonwealth, and European champion Jamie Moore.

The Salford coach has altered Frampton’s preparations for his return ten-rounder, cutting sparring in half and reducing the intensity of his sessions at the VIP Gym.

Describing the changes in his weekly column for the Sunday Life, Frampton outlined how “training with my new coach Jamie Moore has been great because of the thought process that goes into training.”

“We have our hard sessions but then we also have lighter sessions that he calls brain training. So those are days when he is drilling certain combinations into me, over and over again so when it comes to fight night they are automatic.”

“There’s a mixture of hard days and lighter days during the week whereas before it was hard, hard every day.”

Frampton has noticed the difference in very real terms, and has been smashing his own records in the gym.

The Ulsterman revealed that “I’ve been going into every sparring session feeling very fresh and in this camp I did a PB on the weights. I did around 135kg which is more than double my bodyweight. The big thing was that I did four reps and it wasn’t even a struggle because I felt so fresh.”

“Having that kind of strength along with the sharpness I’ve shown in the gym gives me a lot of confidence going into this fight and looking ahead to 2018.”


Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie