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Frampton entering peak of his career, says new trainer Jamie

 

By David Kelly

Jamie Moore accepts with a phlegmatic shrug of his shoulders that he will be judged against the success fellow coach Shane McGuigan had with Carl Frampton.

Moore steps into the SSE Arena tonight as the man charged with honing the Jackal machine and is adamant that the changes he has made to the former world champion's training will pay rich dividends.

The former European champion, whose gym is based in Salford, has cut the Belfast man's sparring from 200 to 100 rounds as well as tweaking the overall intensity of Frampton's gym sessions, believing his fans will see a peak performance against Mexican Horacio Garcia this evening.

"You've got to expect to be judged at this level of boxing, that comes with the job so I know it will happen. My opinion is that he will be in the best physical condition and that will be evident in the fight," said Moore, who also works as a pundit for Sky and BT Sport.

"My job is made easier because he's such a talented fighter.

"A lot of people think Carl is on the slide, I've read it and heard it but it's the opposite - he's in the prime of his career.

"This isn't about my reputation. Any praise should be directed towards Carl. He has actively sought change because he felt he needed to.

"At this stage, change can be a good thing because it refreshes you. I'm a big believer in that a trainer is only as good as the fighter he trains. If the fighter isn't talented enough or dedicated enough to follow through what you want then you're not a good trainer because you look bad.

"I'm fortunate that Carl has come to me because it could have taken 10 years for me to get to such a stage.

"I'm of the mindset that this is about helping people, not just about coaching boxing.

"This is the hardest sport in the world and you don't need people making it harder for you. My job should be to get the best out of you.

"I like to keep things simple. At the end of the day the majority of the kids you're working with are street kids. In between rounds you only have a minute to get your information across. When I have the ear piece in when working for TV I hear a lot of coaches talking too much in the corner.

"They overload the fighter with too much information. The fighter is trying to get his breath back, he's been punched in the head for three rounds and some coaches just talk continuously."

Moore admits that he has long been an admirer of Frampton and believes he can help him have many more glorious nights before he hangs up his gloves.

"I always liked watching Carl fight. I had worked a couple of fights that he had on Sky and the one thing I noticed was his posture. I always had bad posture so when I noticed his straight back I was jealous!

"He's always in balance so he's always in a position to let the shots go and that helps him be a dynamite puncher.

"He can hurt you going back and forward, he's the complete package. To get the opportunity to work with someone like that is a dream come true."

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