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Carl Frampton: Pain of being away from my family drives me on for Quigg victory

By Claire Williamson

Published 17/02/2016

Boxing champion Carl Frampton at home in Lisburn with his wife Christine and their daughter Carla
Boxing champion Carl Frampton at home in Lisburn with his wife Christine and their daughter Carla
Carl and his wife Christine enjoy a glass of bubbly
Happy family: Carl and wife Christine
Christine is one of the first people in the ring when the contest is over
Carl with his wife Christine and daughter Carla
Carl Frampton and his wife Christine
Christine Frampton goes through all the emotions watching her husband Carl’s fight.
Carla Frampton holds her baby brother Rossa
Christine Frampton goes through all the emotions watching her husband Carl’s fight.
Carl Frampton and son Rossa
Barry McGuigan, Carl Frampton, Christine Frampton and Shane McGuigan make a formidable team last night
Uplifting support: Christine Frampton cheers on her husband
Carl Frampton and his wife Christine

Carl Frampton has said the pain of leaving his family behind in Northern Ireland when he trains in London is what drives him on towards victory against Scott Quigg.

The undefeated Belfast boxer trains in London with Barry McGuigan's son Shane when preparing for fights.

It is less than two weeks to go now until the long-awaited world title unification superbantamweight clash between Frampton and Quigg in the Manchester Arena.

The fight, which takes place on Saturday February 27, sold out in minutes.

Frampton told the Daily Star that when he is away and especially on fight days, he thinks about his family - wife Christine and their two young children Carla and Ross.

He said: "I think about them a lot, especially on fight days.

"My son started walking this week and I missed it. I missed his birthday, I missed my daughter's birthday and all in this camp.

"It is not easy, but I understand why I'm doing it, I'm doing it because I have to and I'm doing it to better their lives. I know it is a short career."

The Tigers Bay man rejected claims that rival Quigg is more dedicated to boxing than he is.

He said: "There is no doubt he trains hard, but does he train any harder than me?

Carl Frampton (left) and Scott Quigg during a press conference at the Europa Hotel, Belfast. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Carl Frampton (left) and Scott Quigg during a press conference at the Europa Hotel, Belfast. Niall Carson/PA Wire
PACEMAKER BELFAST 18/11/2015 World Champion Carl Frampton takes a selfie with his fans during a Press Conference at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on Wednesday, ahead of the super-bantamweight title fight in Manchester on the 27th February. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Manager Barry McGuigan separates Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg (right) during a press conference at the Europa Hotel, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 18, 2015. See PA story BOXING Frampton. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
PACEMAKER BELFAST 18/11/2015 World Champions Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg during a Press Conference at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on Wednesday, ahead of the super-bantamweight title fight in Manchester on the 27th February. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 18/11/2015 World Champion Carl Frampton plays to the audience during a Press Conference at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on Wednesday, ahead of the super-bantamweight title fight in Manchester on the 27th February. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-18th November 2015 Mandatory Credit-Brian Little /Presseye/Cyclone Promotions Carl Frampton Vs Scott Quigg- Press Tour Wednesday 18th November Grand Ballroom,Europa Hotel,Great Victoria St.Belfast
Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-18th November 2015 Mandatory Credit-Brian Little /Presseye/Cyclone Promotions Carl Frampton Vs Scott Quigg- Press Tour Wednesday 18th November Grand Ballroom,Europa Hotel,Great Victoria St.Belfast
Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-18th November 2015 Mandatory Credit-Brian Little /Presseye/Cyclone Promotions Carl Frampton Vs Scott Quigg- Press Tour Wednesday 18th November Grand Ballroom,Europa Hotel,Great Victoria St.Belfast Shane McGuigan
Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-18th November 2015 Mandatory Credit-Brian Little /Presseye/Cyclone Promotions Carl Frampton Vs Scott Quigg- Press Tour Wednesday 18th November Grand Ballroom,Europa Hotel,Great Victoria St.Belfast Shane McGuigan, Carl Frampton and Barry McGuigan
Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-18th November 2015 Mandatory Credit-Brian Little /Presseye/Cyclone Promotions Carl Frampton Vs Scott Quigg- Press Tour Wednesday 18th November Grand Ballroom,Europa Hotel,Great Victoria St.Belfast Scott Quigg
Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-18th November 2015 Mandatory Credit-Brian Little /Presseye/Cyclone Promotions Carl Frampton Vs Scott Quigg- Press Tour Wednesday 18th November Grand Ballroom,Europa Hotel,Great Victoria St.Belfast
Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-18th November 2015 Mandatory Credit-Brian Little /Presseye/Cyclone Promotions Carl Frampton Vs Scott Quigg- Press Tour Wednesday 18th November Grand Ballroom,Europa Hotel,Great Victoria St.Belfast
Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-18th November 2015 Mandatory Credit-Brian Little /Presseye/Cyclone Promotions Carl Frampton Vs Scott Quigg- Press Tour Wednesday 18th November Grand Ballroom,Europa Hotel,Great Victoria St.Belfast Eddie Hearn
Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-18th November 2015 Mandatory Credit-Brian Little /Presseye/Cyclone Promotions Carl Frampton Vs Scott Quigg- Press Tour Wednesday 18th November Grand Ballroom,Europa Hotel,Great Victoria St.Belfast Barry McGuigan
Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-18th November 2015 Mandatory Credit-Brian Little /Presseye/Cyclone Promotions Carl Frampton Vs Scott Quigg- Press Tour Wednesday 18th November Grand Ballroom,Europa Hotel,Great Victoria St.Belfast
Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-18th November 2015 Mandatory Credit-Brian Little /Presseye/Cyclone Promotions Carl Frampton Vs Scott Quigg- Press Tour Wednesday 18th November Grand Ballroom,Europa Hotel,Great Victoria St.Belfast Scott Quigg
Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-18th November 2015 Mandatory Credit-Brian Little /Presseye/Cyclone Promotions Carl Frampton Vs Scott Quigg- Press Tour Wednesday 18th November Grand Ballroom,Europa Hotel,Great Victoria St.Belfast Shane McGuigan, Barry McGuigan, Carl Frampton, Scott Quigg and Eddie Hearn and Joe Gallagher
Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-18th November 2015 Mandatory Credit-Brian Little /Presseye/Cyclone Promotions Carl Frampton Vs Scott Quigg- Press Tour Wednesday 18th November Grand Ballroom,Europa Hotel,Great Victoria St.Belfast
PACEMAKER BELFAST 18/11/2015 World Champion Carl Frampton plays to the audience during a Press Conference at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on Wednesday, ahead of the super-bantamweight title fight in Manchester on the 27th February. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 18/11/2015 World Champion Carl Frampton during a Press Conference at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on Wednesday, ahead of the super-bantamweight title fight in Manchester on the 27th February. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 18/11/2015 World Champions Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg with their teams during a Press Conference at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on Wednesday, ahead of the super-bantamweight title fight in Manchester on the 27th February. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 18/11/2015 World Champions Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg during a Press Conference at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on Wednesday, ahead of the super-bantamweight title fight in Manchester on the 27th February. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 18/11/2015 World Champions Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg during a Press Conference at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on Wednesday, ahead of the super-bantamweight title fight in Manchester on the 27th February. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 18/11/2015 World Champion Carl Frampton plays to the audience during a Press Conference at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on Wednesday, ahead of the super-bantamweight title fight in Manchester on the 27th February. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 18/11/2015 World Champion Carl Frampton plays to the audience during a Press Conference at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on Wednesday, ahead of the super-bantamweight title fight in Manchester on the 27th February. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Carl Frampton (left) and Scott Quigg during a press conference at the Europa Hotel, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 18, 2015. See PA story BOXING Frampton. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

“And after he trains he goes home and sees his family every night. I’m away from mine.

“I’m in London and surrounded by good people but it is hard to leave your young wife and children. I do that because there is a method to the madness."

Frampton has promised to exploit what he describes as weaknesses in Quigg's ringcraft.

"His lack of intelligence outside of the ring reflects on how he fights inside the ring," the 28-year-old said.

The clash on February 27 will be shown on Sky Sports.

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