Carl Frampton: Here are the stats that prove I'm in perfect condition and primed to become a world champion again
When a fighter prepares for a big fight, there are normally little doubts — it’s only natural — but I can honestly say that I will be challenging IBF World featherweight champion Josh Warrington with an overwhelming sense of pure confidence — based on facts.
I have been working with the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance for the past year on my strength and conditioning and they have just come back with the results about my physical make-up and they are better than ever. It can be easy to say, ‘I’ve had the best camp ever’, as most of us fighters do, but it’s something different when you can actually produce it in black and white.
For example, 12 days out from facing Warrington I was four pounds lighter than I was at the same stage ahead of my fight with Luke Jackson. They were also to tell me that I have less body fat and more lean muscle. They had told me before the camp started that I could afford to have more muscle and less body fat and that’s how it has worked out because I have done exactly what they have told me to.
The detail on their behalf has been amazing. They have told me that if you stripped me of any fat in my body I would weigh 55.2kg, and the featherweight limit that I have to make at Friday’s weigh-in is 57.1kg.
This means I do go into this fight in the best shape possible and I can be even more explosive than ever before.
It is an absolute art what these people do, right down to the fact that they can help me reduce weight by simply reducing the fibre in my diet because the fibre clings to the intestines. This is the science that is going into making me ready to go and rip the IBF title away from Warrington.
The people at MIHP have been recording the amount of calories that I have been burning on a daily basis through the Polar watch that I wear, and so because of that we have been able to refine every food intake so it is appropriate for the particular session I will be doing — whether that is sparring or in the gym.
Then when I go into spar, I put on the Polar band that feeds back to them my heart rate and they have also noticed a jump in what I’m capable of because of those stats.
There is a point that they call the red zone and that is the maximum area, when you are right on the limit. It was recorded that I was over 170 beats a minute and even hit 191 at one point. At first it actually had my coach Jamie Moore a little concerned because he thought it was too high. But the experts have told us that if I can perform at that level in the red zone for such a sustained period of time then I’m in fantastic condition. Me being in the red zone spells danger for Warrington in a big way.
I had my final sparring session a few days ago and the evidence was there to back up the theory. I had a very talented lightweight in, Aqib Fiaz, and I can honestly say it was the best session I have had in the whole time I have been with Jamie. To finish on a high like that after a long camp was just brilliant. I felt so switched on, it just sealed my confidence level going into this fight. Everything feels right, I am ready to be a World champion again.
Of course, Warrington is saying that this is his time and that I’m past my best. He is getting a lot of his belief from the fact that he beat Lee Selby to win the title and fair play to him for doing it.
But, again, lets look at the facts — he beat a malnourished Lee Selby. The guy wasn’t even just weight-drained, he looked awful on the scales, and when he got into the fight he had nothing left and that’s why he has jumped from featherweight to lightweight.
Then you look at the fight he had with Kiko Martinez in May 2017. After watching it again, I believe Kiko won it on points. It was such a close battle and Kiko was someone who I beat really convincingly back in 2014 in our World title fight.
I know that Warrington is going to be very fit and I’m expecting a high work rate from him but whatever he does I will do it better.
He can believe what he wants. The title will come back to Belfast, and what a way to celebrate Christmas with the belt under the tree.
Belfast Telegraph Digital