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I'm in great shape for big year: Carl

 

By David Kelly

Carl Frampton is facing up to a crucial year in his career, believing that coach Jamie Moore can bring out the best in him.

The former World champion is counting down to his clash with four-weight world champion Nonito Donaire on April 21 at the SSE Arena, knowing victory will lead to a World title shot at Windsor Park this summer.

Frampton insists that Manchester-based Moore has every base covered ahead of the duel with former Ring Fighter of the Year Donaire.

"We've the sparring partners in place, guys who will get in good shape for Donaire. Jamie has the whole camp set out and at this stage I feel I'm probably further ahead in terms of my fitness than in my previous camps," said Frampton. "Jamie understands what I need at this stage of my career. It's all about quality work.

"I know he is going to bring out the best in me and I will need to be at my best to beat Donaire."

Frampton will be at the Waterfront Hall tomorrow night for 'An Evening with Carl Frampton' when he opens up about his career so far as well as signing souvenirs (tickets £30 and doors open 7.30pm).

The Jackal will also be hoping to see friend and unbeaten middleweight Conrad Cummings chalk up another victory 24 hours later.

Cummings returns to the ring at the Devenish when he takes on Barcelona-based Nicaraguan journeyman Michael Mora ahead of his exciting clash with Luke Keeler on the undercard of Frampton-Donaire.

"Conrad has been looking good in the gym so he should put in a good performance," added Frampton.

• UK Anti-Doping has announced that it spent £577,717 on legal fees in the cases involving Tyson and Hughie Fury - more than 7% of its annual budget.

The two heavyweight boxers accepted backdated two-year doping bans last December for failing tests for the banned steroid nandrolone in February 2015.

The Furys denied the nandrolone charge - blaming the positive test result on eating wild boar that had not been castrated.

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