‘The Jackal’s’ coach believes his fighter lost out on the chance to regain world title status in the early rounds of his IBF featherweight world title fight with the Leeds man last weekend.
The former Irish, British and European champion revealed Frampton deviated from the game plan in the first three rounds and paid the price.
Moore didn’t want the Belfast fighter to stand and trade with the pre-fight underdog, but claims Frampton’s fighting spirit took over. As a result, he stood and fought fire with fire allowing his opponent to hurt and zap some much needed energy out of the challenger.
“In the first round as soon as he got hit he started doing what he should never have been doing and that was trading with Warrington. As soon as he got into that mode it was hard to get out of it – his pride got the better of him,” said Moore afterwards.
“He was wobbled badly in the second round and after three rounds it was like he had done eight rounds because they had taken so much gas out of him. I told him at the end of the third round that if he didn’t start doing what I wanted, which was get back to his boxing, then he would lose the fight,” he added before hailing Frampton for overcoming this to eventually show his ring intelligence and class.
“Massive credit to him because in that moment of real pressure he listened and went out and won the round with his boxing. That shows you the measure of the man, that he could regroup after such a torrid start and win the round with the tactics he should have used from the start. To be honest, 99 per cent of fighters would have been stopped in that fight after such a start.”
Somewhat surprisingly, after such a quality fight, there has been little talk of a rematch. Possibly because Frampton, who turns 32 in February, hasn’t decided whether or not he will fight on. However, is there was to be a repeat Moore believes the former two-weight world champion could secure victory.
“Do I believe that Carl wins a rematch? Absolutely if he sticks to the right tactics. He can beat Josh tactically,” promised the VIP Gym boss who also saw Martin Murray beaten on the card by Hassan N’Dam.
“But I’ve told him to go away and not think about boxing for two months and then see if the determination is still there to want to be a champion again and if he is happy with what he has achieved and wants to spend time with his family then I would be happy with that because I’m a people person first and foremost.”