The fact Carl Frampton let his heart rule his head in the opening two rounds of his world title fight with Josh Warrington ultimately lead to him suffering a second career defeat explains Jamie Moore.
Team Frampton, and Moore in particular, remain adamant that ‘The Jackal’ is the superior of the two fighters and streets ahead skill wise.
Yet underdog Warrington managed to defy the odds and deservedly beat the Belfast fighter on a dramatic night in Manchester last December.
It didn’t take long for coach Moore to realize why the better boxer and his charge was beaten on the cards. Indeed, the former Irish, British and European champion was quite aware from early on in the fight that a second career defeat could be possible.
The trainer, who also looks after Conrad Cummings and Steven Ward, points out that the first two rounds were crucial in victory for the Leeds native.
Moore explains how Frampton tried to trade on brawn rather than brains early on and it proved crucial.
“The mistakes that Carl made early on in the fight sort of led him down the wrong path and that paved the way for the pattern of the fight to pan out the way he did,” he told Starsport.
“He knows where he went wrong. It made for a great fight for the fans, but tactically he went about it wrong early on.
“You can hear that I’m not happy in the corner with what he’s doing early. He let his heart rule his head. As soon as he got clipped and he got buzzed a little bit, he stood and traded – which is the absolute wrong thing to do.”
“I remember saying to him at the end of the third round, ‘listen, if you wanna lose the fight, just carry on doing what you’re doing. But if you wanna win it, then listen to what I’m saying to you. ‘You have to box him, you have to bring him to your skill level rather than dropping to his level’.”
Frampton seriously considered retiring post the defeat, but the fact his errors lead to the reverse rather than any ability deficit have convinced the former two-weight world champion he can still achieve at the highest level.
Moore agrees with the move and noted that “if he did everything in his powers to win the fight in the fact of sticking to the game-plan and using his best attributes to win it and he’s come short, then I think he’d go, ‘do you know what, I’m not the fighter I was.’
“But it wasn’t necessarily his skill-set or his talent that went down, it was his decision making early on in the fight. And I believe if he hadn’t made those decisions early on, it would have led him into a different fight which potentially he could have gone on and won.”
“Carl can beat Josh Warrington, 100 per cent. I believe he can. And that’s no slight on Josh whatsoever, he put in a fantastic performance. He’s a tremendous fighter.”