Carl Frampton reveals encouraging training update ahead of Josh Warrington World Title fight


Having been ticking over in pre-camp in Belfast for four weeks, Carl Frampton [26(15)-1(0)] officially started fight camp last week.

The Belfast featherweight was back over in Manchester at the VIP Gym in Astley with coach Jamie Moore ahead of his IBF world title challenge versus champion Josh Warrington on December 22nd.

Following some early tests, Frampton has encouraging news leading into the Christmas cracker at the Manchester Arena.

‘The Jackal’ has revealed he is at a better place at the start of camp than previously and the 31-year-old is on course to be in the best shape of his career when he takes on Warrington [27(6)-0] in just under 11 weeks time.

Writing in his weekly column for the Sunday Life, Frampton outlined how “I started back training this week and headed straight for the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance and the tests came out with better results than I had before I started camp for the fight with Luke Jackson in August.”

“So, the signs are very good as I start this camp and I know that the MIHP will look at making more improvements for the fight with Josh Warrington on December 22 in Manchester.”

“They have been very pleased with me and how I have improved. My fitness is getting better which says a lot about the regime I now have in place so by the time the fight comes around I will be in the best shape ever.”

Weight, too, is looking good for Frampton who is becoming more and more comfortable in the nine stone featherweight class.

Before he started camp for the Jackson fight Frampton had been in better shape than he had been for his previous contest versus with Nonito Donaire. He had noted that “it has clearly helped that I came into camp in reasonable shape, not having to cut weight at the start of my preparations.”

This time round the weight is even lower, with Frampton revealing that “I’m also starting this camp a few pounds away from the weight I was just 10 days before I fought Jackson, which is very encouraging.”

Frampton will continue camp in Boston for the next two weeks ahead of his gym-mate Tommy Coyle’s fight on the big Matchroom DAZN show at the TD Garden which features world title fights for Katie Taylor and James Tennyson as well as an appearance for Niall Kennedy.

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Joe O'Neill

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