Frampton makes changes to U.S. prep to avoid González repeat

Carl Frampton is training for his transatlantic clash with Leo Santa Cruz like no other bout before.

‘The Jackal’ steps up to featherweight to take on the WBA champion at the Barclay’s Centre, and there is a marked difference to his previous Stateside scrap against Alejandro González Jr last July.

For the bout in El Paso against González Jr, Frampton and his team flew into the Texan city, via Atlanta, a journey of nearly 8,500 kilometers, just 11 days before the bout. The lack of acclimatisation to both the weather and the seven hour time difference was cited afterwards as a factor in the below-par performance at the Don Haskins Arena where Frampton hit the canvas twice in the opening round.

Cyclone and Frampton however have learnt from this experience and the schedule for New York is a lot different.

This time round, Frampton will fly to New York, a journey of just over 5,500 kilometers, a massive 25 days before the bout. The time difference incurred in this journey is five hours, and it is said that the human body requires one day recovery for every time zone traversed, thus leaving Frampton with plenty of time to be firing fit for Santa Cruz.

Joe O'Neill

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