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Carl Frampton: Watch out world, I'm a bigger threat than ever before

Sunday Life column

Carl Frampton has sent a warning message to the world - I'm happy, in better shape, a better boxer and a bigger threat than ever before.

The champion boxer, writing in his Sunday Life column, has spoken of how he has got his groove back with his new trainer Jamie Moore and is no longer focused on getting enough money together to get out of the sport, but is intent on winning it all and becoming a three-weight world champion.

"A happy fighter is a dangerous fighter so the featherweight division should know that I’m a bigger threat than ever before," he said.

"The difference in my whole demeanour, in the gym and just going about life generally is a lot different to what it had been over the past 18 months to two years. Boxing is the hardest game in the world when you’re enjoying yourself so when you’re not enjoying yourself it’s even tougher."

I’ve had some great nights that I’ll never forget but the enjoyment of those achievements only lasted for a short time

Frampton says life in the gym is full of enjoyment and he is enjoying himself. Trainer Moore he says, while still putting the Tiger's Bay man through his paces also focuses on technique. He also talks about how he has a "good engine" in him now meaning he is not risking injury in mammoth sparring sessions.

"It has also made me realise how much I have to thank my wife Christine for getting me through. She has noticed a big difference in me and even people who I don’t really know have come up to me and said they can see a difference.

"For a long time I would have been on the phone from London every night to Christine moaning about how much I hated boxing and how I couldn’t wait to earn enough money so I could retire and it got to the point where it seemed to be the same conversation every night. I was complaining about how much I wasn’t enjoying the sport and she was having to listen to this, it was like she was a 24/7 counsellor for me.

"I’m sure there were times when she must have just felt like telling me to belt up but she was patient and now I’ve come out the other side and feel re-energised, there’s no talk of retirement and it’s all about wanting to have big fights and retiring on a high and not just because I have earned enough money to retire.

"I want to be world champion again and I want that chance to become a three-weight world champion. I feel fresh and excited again."

Frampton returns to the ring at the SSE Arena on November 18. While his opponent is still to be announced the night will feature triple Olympian Paddy Barnes in first defence of the WBO European Flyweight and Jamie Conlan taking on Filipino Jerwin Ancajas for the IBF World Super-Flyweight belt.

Frampton added: "It’s not a question of changing my style but adding to it... adding new dimensions. Nobody is the perfect fighter and there’s always things that can be improved on and I believe that as the poster says the fans and my rivals are going to see Frampton Reborn over the next few years.

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