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Carl doesn't realise just how high a level he can reach, says Moore

 

By David Kelly

Coach Jamie Moore says Carl Frampton is such a special fighter that the Belfast man doesn't even realise how good he is - or can become.

Moore was delighted with the manner in which Frampton approached his fight with Nonito Donaire and the subsequent performance on Saturday night when the Jackal picked up the WBO interim featherweight title.

Frampton is now looking ahead to a world title shot at Windsor Park in August, with IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby a possible target, assuming he comes through his defence against Josh Warrington at Elland Road on May 19, while WBO champion Oscar Valdez is now appearing a more long-term option due to recovering from a broken jaw.

Whoever is in the corner come August, Moore has no doubt that Frampton will rule the world again and that arguably the best years are ahead for the two-weight champion.

"I don't think you've seen the best of him. There are other levels to go to. He doesn't realise how good he is, how knowledgeable he is. He understands the game so much I think his skillset is more advanced than he actually realises," said Moore.

"That performance against Donaire meant a lot to him. He got stick for the last performance against Horacio Garcia and he wanted a big performance.

"That doesn't prove he is the best featherweight in the world but it tells them all that he is a massive threat.

"I would love the Oscar Valdez fight over Lee Selby or Josh Warrington.

"Even though it's a harder fight, I think stylistically it's better for Carl. I think Selby wins against Warrington but it's not as easy as people think and his style is more difficult for Carl but I still think he wins both fights.

"He's such a good pressure fighter, his feet travel so quickly - one of the best things is his footwork, he controls distance so well."

As regards the display against Garcia, Moore felt that the 31-year-old Belfast man boxed to orders as well as he could have expected.

"Disciplined is the word I would use to sum up the performance but you know it's alright me setting the game plan out but you have to be disciplined and talented enough to carry it out," he said.

"He could have been forgiven after landing some very big shots to try and end the show, to put on an exciting show for the fans. But I was down his ear, telling him he needed a cool head in a hot kitchen because the best fighters in the world can handle that pressure and stick to the game plan. The atmosphere was unreal and it would have been very easy for him to get carried away but he stuck to the game plan and executed it perfectly.

"Looking back to the Garcia fight, they were two very different fights with two different training camps. We could have got to the same point that he could have executed the same kind of game plan the last time but mentally he wasn't ready for that. He was lulled into a false sense of security from sparring Garcia in the past and also didn't have the fear factor that he did against Donaire. When you go into a fight not worried, it's a dangerous thing.

"In the Garcia fight, he boxed brilliantly for four rounds and then got drawn into a dog fight. But that was Garcia's world title fight, he's fighting Carl Frampton in Belfast, he's going to perform out of his skin. In hindsight, that was a blessing in disguise because if he had blasted him out in two rounds that would have done him no good.

"Against Donaire, if he had taken more risks he could have done a better job, he could have got him out of there but potentially it could have gone the other way and he could have got knocked out because Donaire has the power to knock any featherweight out.

"Donaire only had success when he was at full throttle, he couldn't have it when they were just at a general pace, only when he threw the kitchen sink at Carl."

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