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Carl Frampton will show improvements against Nonito Donaire: Moore

 

By David Kelly

Coach Jamie Moore says the challenge of Nonito Donaire has made sure that any outside distractions have been banished from the mind of Carl Frampton.

Moore, speaking exclusively to the Belfast Telegraph, revealed just how tough it was for the Jackal to prepare for his return to the ring last November when he faced tough Mexican Horacio Garcia.

The 31-year-old Belfast man, who faces four-weight world champion Donaire this Saturday night at the SSE Arena, went into his clash with Garcia on the back of an aborted fight in July and the following split from manager Barry McGuigan and his Cyclone Promotions outfit.

Frampton received some criticism for his performance against Garcia, when some felt he tired in the second half of their competitive 10-rounder, but Moore feels it was a display of more worth than what he was given credit for.

"There's a massive difference between the last camp and this one. The last one was pretty much smash and grab, it was a rush job because we really only had seven weeks whereas for this we've a great steady 12 weeks," said Moore.

"But also, people have to realise that Carl had a lot of other issues outside of boxing that didn't help him mentally and that, added to the fact that Garcia was a tough big Mexican, meant Carl was in for a hard night.

"For Garcia that was like a world title fight for him, he had nothing to lose but Carl wasn't in a great place mentally because of what was going on and physically we made the best of the time we had together.

"So, when you add that all up I think what he did against Garcia was very good and it will have helped ahead of this fight.

"You can be the fittest guy in the world, have the tactics perfect but if you're not right mentally then you can be beaten before the first bell at the highest level.

"Mental strength is everything and Carl has that.

"But what has also really helped is the fact that it is Nonito Donaire who he is facing on Saturday night.

"When you're up against someone as good as him, who could potentially switch Carl's lights out, then it's totally different. Carl has gone onto auto pilot. Instead of negative thoughts creeping and distractions, he has just been totally focused - he won't even let a negative thought enter his head."

While Moore has been delighted with how Frampton has been mentally switched on during the 12 weeks of preparation, he also feels the work done with unbeaten American sparring partner Stephen Fulton allied to the physical regime will pay rich dividends come the first bell on Saturday night.

"To give you an idea of how well Carl has progressed in this camp, I brought in a good young fighter to spar him for six rounds near the end who was the same fella we had at the end of the camp leading up to Garcia and at the end of it he came over to me and said he is so much better than the last time," added Moore.

"The work we have done could not have gone any better. The sparring partner Stephen Fulton was just what we needed for this fight with Donaire.

"He was able to replicate the moves of Donaire, he was very quick and it was three weeks of quality sparring.

"I am very respectful of Donaire. He's a fighter I have always admired, I like his style and I know he is dangerous.

"People say at 35 he is past his prime and maybe he is but I'd be a fool to have a game plan that doesn't expect Nonito Donaire to be at his best on Saturday night and I can see that Carl has an extra edge of nervousness, of anticipation about what he is facing this time."

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