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Coach Moore backs Jackal Frampton to put on his best fight night ever

Strong belief: Jamie Moore has every faith in Carl Frampton
Strong belief: Jamie Moore has every faith in Carl Frampton
David Kelly

By David Kelly

They have been working together for the past 15 months and coach Jamie Moore says he is convinced that Carl Frampton will tonight give a special performance in the Manchester Arena.

"Going by the level at which he has been sparring and particularly his last spar, I believe that this will be a career-best performance," said Moore, speaking exclusively to the Belfast Telegraph.

Frampton has scaled some fine heights in the past with memorable nights when lifting super-bantamweight and feather world titles, as well as a clinical display earlier this year when outpointing newly-crowned WBA world bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire.

Moore was well aware the spotlight shone directly upon him when he took over the reins as Frampton's coach following the Jackal's split from manager Barry and coach Shane McGuigan.

Tonight is the moment when Moore sets out a game plan to steer Frampton to world title status once again when he challenges IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington.

"It's going to take something to top the first Leo Santa Cruz performance but I believe this is going to be the best. That is saying a lot because of what he has done before," added Moore.

"We know that the Santa Cruz victory is at the top of the list and after that I would have the win over Donaire because of the discipline he showed, sticking to the gameplan and when you consider how Donaire performed against Ryan Burnett to become a champion again then that performance looks even better.

"The win over Chris Avalos when world super-bantamweight champion is right up there and so is the second win over Kiko Martinez for the same reason that I put the Donaire performance near the top - because of the disciplined approach and because he improved on the first victory over Kiko.

"I have always said that I didn't want to change him because he is a great fighter but I have been wanting to add some stuff and in the last fight it started to fall into place and this time he can improve on that.

"Carl has improved and he has been flying in camp. He has improved because he is relaxing more and he can switch even more comfortably now from boxing on the back foot to the front foot and that confuses opponents because they don't know what to expect."

Frampton has spoken often about wishing to silence those who have been carping that his best days are behind him, possibly giving some concern that he may want this victory too much but Moore insists that will not be the case.

"If he wasn't as experienced as he is I would be worried about that but because he has boxed at the highest level so often I am not worried about that. If he puts a performance in like the way he has been sparring it will not be a problem," said Moore.

"Every time we have had a camp he has physically improved.

"He is looking after himself a lot better in between camps so he comes in with a better base. Each time we work at the Manchester Institute the stats show us the improvement - it's not guesswork.

"I don't feel that Josh Warrington can live with Carl talent-wise but his best attributes are his fitness and his determination so as long as we were able to get Carl Frampton at a higher gear then the fight was more or less won. That's what we set out to do and I have to be honest and say that the picture I had in my head at the start of camp where I needed him to be, he's in even better condition.

"He has given himself the best chance of becoming a world champion again."

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