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Jamie Moore believes Carl Frampton has been “fighting tired”

Frampton has been fighting tired

He has admitted that trying to change Carl Frampton [23(14)-1(0)] as a fighter would be futile and indeed insulting to a former two weight World champion and Irish fight legend.

However that doesn’t mean new coach Jamie Moore doesn’t feel he can improve the Belfast favourite.

Former Irish, British, Commonwealth, and European champion Moore claims Frampton has been fighting tired in recent years and that is something he will look to amend.

The Salford coach believes that Frampton’s former handler Shane McGuigan may have been pushing the Belfast boxer too hard in recent camps – contributing to Frampton’s performances and his general enjoyment of the sport.

Moore has revealed that, while he won’t be changing style, he will be changing prep to ensure his new charge doesn’t overdo it in fight camp.

Frampton will now on sparring half as much as before, and Moore reasoned that “I looked to change his training and slow him down a little bit. I know what he has to do now. He can’t train like a 24 or 25 year old.”

“He doesn’t need to because at that stage of your career you’re building an engine – by the time you’re 30 the engine is built.”

“You don’t need to keep pushing, pushing and pushing. We have to just bring him to that point not to push him over the edge.”

If indeed Frampton has been fighting ‘tired’ or at the very least not as fresh as he should have been, it hasn’t hampered him from achieving at World level.

The Jackal became Ireland’s first ever unified champion and only the island’s second two weight-champion after Steve Collins.

Moore for one is excited about what the natural talent can do when he gets in the ring fresh and full of vigour.

“From what I can gather, he has been fighting tired and still been performing the way he had – so can you imagine what he will be like when he is fresh, eager and enjoying himself?”

“I am looking forward to seeing how he performs because, if he can perform like he has tired and not enjoying the sport and looking for the exit, what is he going to be performing like when he is thriving?”

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