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Cark Frampton missing family and 'Scott Quigg's going to pay'

By Frank Brownlow

Carl Frampton has revealed his motivation for beating Scott Quigg and continuing his relentless march towards boxing greatness.

Frampton puts his IBF super-bantamweight title on the line, while Quigg's WBA strap is up for grabs, in the massive showdown on Saturday week at Manchester Arena.

And the Jackal admits that it's not the glory of the prize ring that drives him on, but the chance to create a better life for his young family.

The Belfast fighter's wife Christine and their two children Carla, five, and Rossa, one, are his inspiration and why he refuses to allow Bury boxer Quigg to get in the way of his dreams.

"I put pictures up of my family around the dressing room," Frampton said.

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

The Tigers Bay man - a lifelong Crusaders fan - continued: "My son just 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 other day I was talking to the two kids on the phone. My wee girl Carla was holding the phone and my son Rossa, who is only one, is trying to press buttons and he hung it up.

"So I phoned back and Christine answered and said, 'You know what Carla just said?' Apparently she said, when Rossa hung up, 'Good, I don't want to speak to that loser anymore'.

"I know it is funny because she is a kid, but it is not nice being away. I know she doesn't hate me, she just said that. I think about them a lot. I'm doing this for their benefit."

During camp, Frampton trains under Shane McGuigan, son of boxing legend Barry, at the coach's Battersea base in London.

Frampton describes it as "brutal" with only odd weekends home during camp to see Christine and the kids.

Frampton is quick to rubbish suggestions from the Quigg camp that the Englishman - fighting in virtually his own backyard - is a harder trainer.

"People keep making this assumption that Quigg is more dedicated than me," 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.

"I want to better myself and I know it is better to be training away from distractions in Belfast, which there can be a lot."

Frampton had a tough time in his last fight when he was down twice early on against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on his big US debut in Texas last July.

Shane McGuigan was dishing out instructions in the corner between rounds.

Frampton said: "I thought about them (my family) as I sat there.

"I was listening to Shane but they came into my head.

"When you're in the ring and in the zone, you will do anything it takes to win especially if you're thinking about your kids. It is just extra motivation."

Frampton hit back to claim a wide points win against the Mexican and ensure his massive fight with Quigg would happen after lengthy negotiations.

The 28-year-old is quick to acknowledge his wife Christine's contribution to his success.

"I really feel sorry for her," he said.

"Sometimes she can go for four or five days without adult conversation.

"I don't like that she has to do that, she has put her whole life on hold because of what I'm doing.

"It is hard for her, she gets lonely but she also understands why I'm doing this."

Carla and Rossa will make the short trip to Manchester with their mother.

But the children will stay at the hotel with a babysitter on the Saturday night while Christine and almost 20,000 cram into the arena.

"It will be nice to go straight back to see them," said Frampton.

So no wild celebrations. Just a bit of quality time with the family.

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