“I may even come in at super bantamweight for the craic” – Frampton flying ahead of return to scales


Carl Frampton was in great form at this evening’s public workout in Belfast.

The start of the fight week events saw fans and fighters descend upon the Waterfront Hall ahead of the ‘Frampton Reborn’ bill at the SSE Odyssey Arena in Belfast on Saturday night.

‘The Jackal’ was the last to take to the ring in Hall 2 and gently went through the motions with new coach Jamie Moore.

Following a few minutes in the ring, featherweight Frampton then spent an extended period of time signing autographs and taking photos with everyone that requested a moment.

After his brief session, Frampton [23(14)-1(0)] came over to the assembled media, 1.5litre bottle of water in hand for a quick interview.

The 30 year old cracked jokes as he bounced away, answering questions at ease and it certainly seemed a different Carl Frampton from his last fight week.

Back at the end of July, Frampton missed weight by a full pound, coming in at 127lbs for his clash with Andres Gutierrez – which was later postponed then cancelled following a freak injury to the Mexican who slipped in the shower following the weigh-in.

Comparing how he was this evening compared to the Wednesday before the Gonzalez bout, Frampton described how “I was dry, I just didn’t do it properly, that’s all, it was unprofessional.”

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This time round though it’s all different.

Training with Moore at the VIP Gym in Astley, Frampton has spoken multiple times about getting his groove back and enjoying boxing again under a new, less intense, regime.

Outlining his prep for the Garcia bout, Frampton stressed that “I’ve been switched on since the start of camp until the end and weight is going to be comfortable,”

” – I may even come in at super bantamweight for the craic!” he added with a smirk.

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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