Jamie Moore has heralded Carl Frampton’s mental strength after he put a turbulent year behind him to all but set up a historic world title fight.
‘The Jackal’ has his will tested on a number of occasion over the last year. He first suffered defeat to Josh Warrington in a December IBF world title fight and was seriously considering retirement post the reverse.
A Top Rank deal and the desire to regain a world title persuaded him against hanging up the gloves, but days before he was set to make his Top Rank debut the most bizarre of accidents forced him out of that clash with a hand injury.
During camp for his latest fight Frampton [27(15)-2(0)] twice fractured the hand and in the second round of what was a bullishly brilliant win over Tyler McCreary, the Belfast fighter damaged the hand again.
To come through all that, win wide and take a series step toward a world title fight shows massive resilience points out coach Jamie Moore, indeed he claims he has never seen anyone as mentally strong as 32-year-old.
“I’ve never known anybody as resilient or mentally strong as Carl when you think of some of the stuff he’s had to go through the last 12 months. He’s had set backs, accidents, and injuries, so I can’t praise him enough to be as disciplined as he has been, ” Moore explained.
Considering he dropped McCreary twice in Las Vegas last Saturday night, Frampton most likely would have secured the stoppage if he hadn’t hurt his hand.
However, Moore believes going the 10 rounds will do the former two weight world champion the world of good ahead of possible three weight world title tilt against Jamel Herring.
“He got a good 10 rounder under his belt on Saturday, and if he’s boxing for a world title around April, then that will do him the world of good.”
It’s been a successful period for Moore in recent weeks, with Frampton securing an impressive victory on Saturday to join his gym-mates Rocky Fielding, Martin Murray, Jack Catterall and Chantelle Cameron who also picked up wins in November.
The Manchester trainer has heaped praise on Frampton following his triumph, and also reflected on his time spent in the boxing capital.
Moore added: “I was in Vegas for just over two weeks, and Carl was there for just over three weeks, and it was a fantastic experience.
“Sometimes you wonder how we get paid to do this, as it’s the stuff that dreams are made of. Coming to Vegas and doing something you love gives you life experiences that most people don’t get, so we’re truly blessed.
“We’ve had seven fights since the beginning of November and it’s five out of five so far. Steven Ward finishes it off in the Golden Contract next week, and then at Christmas it will be time to relax with friends and family.”