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Warrington trainer slams Moore for heading to USA and leaving Frampton with “amateur coach”

Jamie Moore should be giving Carl Frampton his undivided attention rather than wasting his time in New York this weekend, suggests Josh Warrington’s coach and father Sean O’Hagan.

Former Irish champion and current trainer of ‘The Jackal’, Conrad Cummings and Steven Ward among others is Stateside this week to oversee Rocky Fielding’s fight with Canelo Alvarez at Madison Square Garden.

Unlike when stablemate Tommy Coyle fought Ryan Kielczewski in Boston in October, Frampton has not made the trip over the U.S. East Coast and remains on this side of the Atlantic as he rounds off camp ahead of his December 22nd title challenge.

O’Hagan claims it’s a bad move just a week before the Belfast fighter’s world title challenge and has criticised his counterpart for leaving the former two-weight world champion with an ‘amateur coach’.

“Jamie was in Boston a few weeks ago with Tommy Coyle and now he’s got the Rocky Fielding fight and he’s leaving Carl with an amateur coach over here,” said the Yorkshireman when speaking to the Irish News.

“Carl should be the focus of his attention.”

It is unclear who the ‘amateur coach’ is, with Moore’s second-in-command at the VIP Gym, Nigel Travis, also being in the Big Apple this week.

O’Hagan claims Fielding has no chance of defeating the Golden Boy megastar and as result suggests Moore’s trip is futile.

“Rocky Fielding is going over there but, and there’s no two ways about it, he’s gonna get filled in,” predicted the chain-smoking old-school coach.

“He’s going for a pay day so just send somebody with him because he’s not going to out-wit them boys over there.”

“Jamie hasn’t got a prayer of getting him through that, in fact there’s a danger of him getting seriously hurt. I know he’s the bigger guy naturally and Rocky is a lovely guy but he’s going for a pay day.”

“I’d be focusing my attention on Carl because if he beats us this is a real opportunity for Carl, it’ll fire him straight back in and there’s a lot of money at stake.”

READ: Sean O’Hagan’s interview with Andy Watters in full


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Jonny Stapleton

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