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Carl Frampton's toughest week: Jackal talks toll of defeat, the look from daughter on revealing loss and what future holds

Carl Frampton has opened his heart about his week from hell after suffering a bruising defeat in his world title fight in Manchester.

The Jackal (31) was out-boxed by defending champion Josh Warrington who won a unanimous points decision at the Manchester Arena last weekend.

Stunned Carl has since been struggling to come to terms with the loss and on Saturday flew off on a short break to Dubai with wife Christine and his two children, eight-year-old daughter Carla and son Rossa (4).

Writing in his exclusive Sunday Life column, the former world champ revealed how he broke the news of his defeat to his daughter over a video call.

"I obviously have regrets and feel there are things that I could have done differently," he said.

“For me this is the hardest loss that I have ever had to deal with. Losing to Leo Santa Cruz two years ago was tough but this is so much harder to take."

Frampton says the first round was his undoing against Warrington and how he had to fight to the Leeds man style.

"When I think about what I would do differently if there was a re-match I know I would box the way we had planned in the gym."

And he reveals how the fight took its toll on wife Christine and how she hopes he is done with boxing.

In his Sunday Life column, Frampton also discusses what the future may hold for him and his family.

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