“I’m taking it seriously” – Carl Frampton plans Las Vegas base

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Carl Frampton [23(14)-0] is planning to continue his new trend of having American training camps for his upcoming rematch with Leo Santa Cruz.

‘The Jackal’ faces the Mexican-American at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on January 28th and intends to head to Sin City weeks in advance of the bout.

On Frampton’s American debut in El Paso against Alejandro González Jr, he and his team flew into the Texan city, via Atlanta, a journey of nearly 8,500 kilometers, just 11 days before the fight. 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 the Belfast man suffered weight issues and touched down twice in the opening round.

Learning from his previous experience for the first Leo Santa Cruz fight in New York, Frampton flew to the Big Apple, a journey of just over 5,500 kilometers and five timezones, a massive 25 days before the bout. This helped contribute to a career-best performance from Frampton who scored a points victory to win the WBA featherweight title and become Ireland’s second ever two-weight champ.

For Vegas, Frampton will be traversing over 8,000 kilometres and eight time zones, and intends to give himself plenty of time to adjust – flying to Vegas on January 2nd

The 29 year old told IFL TV that “We will be out there to win. You need to take it seriously, you need to get adjusted to everything. I’m taking it seriously, I want to get out there nice and early to get used to my surroundings, get in the zone. It will be good to see Vegas, see what it’s like and get a bit of hype about it.”

While heat may not be a huge factor considering the time of year, Frampton is hoping to get any jetlag out of the way early to ensure minimal disruption to his camp. He explained how “the time distance is big. We were in New York for for weeks and the time difference is even greater in Vegas, I think it’s eight hours difference.”

“They reckon it takes you a day per hour to completely get over it, so after the first week we should be close to being over jetlag.”

Watch Carl Frampton’s interview with IFL TV in full:

Joe O'Neill

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