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Moore: Title win is ideal way for Carl to sign off


Full backing: Carl Frampton has the support of coach Jamie Moore
Full backing: Carl Frampton has the support of coach Jamie Moore
Sweet spot: Carl Frampton catches Tyler McCreary in Vegas
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Coach Jamie Moore has admitted that he would be glad to see Carl Frampton make history and then leave boxing for a new chapter in his life.

Moore was very pleased with how Frampton went about comprehensively outpointing American Tyler McCreary in Las Vegas at the weekend, having spent 11 months out of the ring due to a freak hand injury sustained when a hotel pillar fell on him in August.

Frampton is now being lined up to face WBO world super-featherweight champion Jamel Herring in Belfast, with a date in April or May most likely. It will be an opportunity for the Jackal to become Northern Ireland's first three-weight world champion and join a select band of boxers to win titles at more than two weight classes.

While Moore believes that the 32-year-old is once again firing on all cylinders, he would nevertheless be happy if Frampton decided to walk away from such an historic achievement.

"The fight with Herring looks pretty much an easy fight to make because both guys are with Bob Arum's Top Rank company and when you think about it, what a way to leave your mark on the sport - to be a three-weight world champion," said Moore.

"It would be some occasion in Belfast and I know that Carl really wants to get that third title at a different weight. He made that clear to Bob Arum and it looks like the opportunity is coming. The good thing about Carl is that if he did leave after a win over Herring it would be for the right reasons.

"It's not like he already has one foot out the door, he's not talking negatively or just fighting for money. He just really wants to be a three-weight world champion and I can't think of a better way to leave the sport.

"But it's not up to me and if he beats Herring and decides he has more to achieve then of course I'd be right behind him."

Frampton comfortably picked off American McCreary as he stuck to his smart boxing over 10 one-sided rounds and Moore believes it was just the work-out he needed ahead of the expected clash with Herring.

"In the past I think it's fair to say that Carl has been a bit too obsessed with pleasing the fans but against McCreary he was very disciplined with how he went about his boxing and maybe he didn't realise just how much people appreciate his skills," he said.

"For the younger fighters that I train, I would be saying to them to watch the fight against McCreary so they can understand what it means to box-fight someone - to box when you want and fight when it's the right time to fight.

"It wasn't the ideal situation with his hand being tender after the injury and then getting hurt in the fight.

"But I'm not worried about the injury. He has time to give it a good rest ahead of preparing for the Herring fight which we know will not be easy.

"He's obviously a lot taller than Carl and a good boxer so it will be tough but I believe that Carl can do it. Carl showed against McCreary that he can out-jab a much taller man, though we know that Herring will be a different proposition."

Meanwhile, on the back of his EU title success in October, Belfast man Tommy McCarthy is now the mandatory challenger for a shot at the main European Boxing Union cruiserweight belt.

The EBU belt is currently held by hard-hitting Lawrence Okolie, though it would be no surprise if he vacated to pursue a world title shot in 2020.

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