Carl Frampton's children inspired his title fightback in El Paso
Carl Frampton has revealed how the inspiration of his children drove him to fight back and keep hold of his boxing world title with victory over Alejandro Gonzalez jr at the Don Haskins Centre in El Paso, Texas, writes David Kelly.
Frampton suffered the shock of his life when he touched the canvas on two occasions in the opening round before producing some smart boxing to win unanimously on points to retain his IBF World super-bantamweight title.
The Jackal had been hoping to make a huge impression with a knockout victory but instead had to dig deep, having not felt his usual self from the opening bell against the gutsy 22-year-old Mexican challenger.
"The whole time in between rounds I was listening to my trainer Shane McGuigan but I'm normally more focused. I was just thinking the whole time about my kids. In between every round I was thinking about them and that I had to win for them," said 28-year-old Frampton, who jets home with wife Christine late tonight to be reunited with five-year-old Carla and Rossa, aged eight months.
"Getting knocked down was the most shocking moment of my career. I was shocked but I was OK, I wasn't all over the place or anything and I got up and recovered well.
"I came back and showed heart and I'm proud of that. It's a credit to my fitness.
"It wasn't the performance that I wanted on my American debut but the Americans seemed to like it and it was an exciting fight. I lost a lot of weight too close to the fight so I have to see if I stay at super-bantamweight or move up to featherweight."