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Frampton – Sparring is going better than ever ahead of Quigg clash

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Carl Frampton was outside the ropes on Saturday rather than inside them.

The Belfast star turned pundit for the return of George Groves to the ring at┬áthe┬áCopperbox Arena, and ‘The Jackal’ was impressed with the Londoner’s five round destruction of Andrea Di Luisa.

Groves, along with former two-weight World champion David Haye, have recently joined Frampton in being trained by Shane McGuigan.

Although just 27, Frampton believes that the forward-thinking, scientific coach is begin to reap the rewards that his work deserves.

Speaking to IFL TV after the one-sided clash, Frampton noted┬áthe growing reputation of McGuigan, recalling that┬á“I said before that the big names were gonna start coming, and only recently they’ve started to come.”

“There’ll be more – he is an amazing trainer, he really is.”

Indeed Frampton predicts a massive next few years for McGuigan, and reasoned that┬á“I think he can become one of the most established trainers over the next decade in British boxing, in World boxing even!”

The IBF super bantamweight champion also spoke about his own upcoming superfight with England’s Scott Quigg at the Manchester Arena on February 27th.

In what will be music to Irish fight fans’s ears, the Tiger’s Bay fighter revealed that his preparations at McGuigan’s Battersea Gym for the bout in less than four weeks time are going brilliantly.

Frampton sparring amateur star Paddy Barnes
Frampton sparring amateur star Paddy Barnes

Frampton explained┬áthat “I’ve been sparring pretty well all camp, but this past week has been some of the best sparring I’ve done in any camp.”

“The signs are good in the gym, if I keep performing and doing what I’m doing in the gym it’s going to be a good night for me.”

Watch Frampton’s interview with Kugan Cassius of IFL TV in full below:

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