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Frampton reveals the only opponent he hated

Carl Frampton doesn’t need dislike, bad blood or animosity to motivate him ahead of his world title fight with Josh Warrington.

The build up to the domestic world level fight has been cordial with nothing but respect shown in three city press tour.

There are those who suggest the former two weight world champ, who beat Nonito Donaire despite a massive pre fight love in, performs at his best when there is a bit of needle involve, but ‘The Jackal’ claims otherwise.

“I don’t have to hate Josh. I like him, but it is a fight and we will do whatever we can to win the fight and shake hands afterwards,” he said before revealing one man he didn’t take a shine too.

“Things will be said in the build-up that will irk each other, but it happens and the only opponent I ever hated was Chris Avalos.”

Frampton, 31, goes into the fight as favourite, but despite suggesting he has beaten more talented foes than the reigning world champ he does admit he will have to be on it physically and mentally to beat the pressure fighter.

Indeed, he believes he may need a career best display to emerge victorious.

“I expect this to be a tough fight and I need to be right physically and mentally. For the Scott Quigg fight I did 220 rounds of sparring against bigger men, but Jamie has cut that in half and work on tactics and think that was a brilliant session after.

“I may need the performance of my life and there isn’t an ounce of quit in either of us. It will be a case of toughening it out.”


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