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