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How Frampton will beat Warrington and prove he's UK's top fighter: Moore

 

Ring star: Carl Frampton defeats Luke Jackson at Windsor Park in August
Ring star: Carl Frampton defeats Luke Jackson at Windsor Park in August
Listen up: Coach Jamie Moore gives his advice to Carl Frampton
Carl Frampton with trainer Jamie Moore
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Top coach Jamie Moore believes Carl Frampton is ready to deliver a performance to show the world that he is the No.1 featherweight on the planet.

On Saturday night Frampton aims to become the first Northern Ireland boxer to regain a world title when he challenges IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington at the Manchester Arena - almost two years on from losing his WBA belt to Leo Santa Cruz in Las Vegas.

Moore took over the coaching duties for Frampton after the former champion had split from manager Barry McGuigan and his Cyclone Promotions outfit in the summer of 2017. The Mancunian feels the Jackal's place as the top fighter in the UK can be cemented with an emphatic victory over Warrington.

Leeds hero Warrington is naturally convinced that he will have the tools to turn back the challenge of the 31-year-old Belfast man, with many pointing to the intensity of the champion's work rate as the key to him retaining his belt on the BT Sport Box Office show.

Moore dismisses such a suggestion, believing many do not quite realise just what Frampton will bring to the ring on Saturday night.

"Josh Warrington will not be allowed to come in and walk Carl down and set a high pace. That's not going to happen for two reasons - one, Carl will earn his respect early on, somebody who punches like Carl you can't just walk him down, and secondly, Josh does have a very high work rate but he has only been able to do that against lesser opposition," said Moore, speaking exclusively to the Belfast Telegraph.

"Against Kiko Martinez, for example, he couldn't do it because he had too much respect for Kiko's power. A little bit similar to this, once he feels Carl's power he'll have to adjust.

"But then if he adjusts he will lose because he has taken away his only way of winning so he is caught between a rock and a hard place.

"This is a great opportunity for Carl to show that he is pound for pound the best fighter in the UK.

"You're talking about one of the very best fighters that has ever come from this country and I honestly believe you have not seen him at his absolute best."

Frampton's skill set is at such a high level that one sparring partner dubbed him 'the little Canelo' in reference to the great Mexican fighter who cut down Moore's super-middleweight Rocky Fielding in Madison Square Garden at the weekend.

Such high praise comes as no surprise to Moore, who says it has been a joy to work with the Jackal over the past 16 months during which he has seen him improve with every camp in regard to his conditioning.

"I think with every fight we've had since he came with me he has come into camp better than he has been for the last one before and that is a testament to his commitment to training and his discipline in between fights. But if there's one thing that stands out for me it's Carl jab," said Moore.

"Warrington will have to find his way past the jab but it's so fast and accurate - how can you get past something that you don't see coming? Off the top of my head I can't think of another UK fighter in recent years who has a better jab.

"To be honest I don't think we've had a fighter at the elite level with the speed, accuracy, timing and the distance of his jab for someone of the stature of Carl who is small and stocky. It's very underrated. You don't hear people talk about it but the sparring partners talk about it, believe me.

"Any fight takes two to tango, so we'll see what Warrington brings to the ring. He's world class and has elite level determination. He's a big lad and his work rate is really high so those things are always going to make for a tough fight but boxing is about levels and for me Carl Frampton is a level above Warrington in every way."

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