JAMIE AND ‘THE JACKAL’

Jamie Moore tells Terry Doo­ley how and why Carl Framp­ton chose him to be his new part­ner in crime

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Moore ex­plains why Carl Framp­ton chose him as his new coach

CARL FRAMP­TON has been ring­ing the changes re­cently. The former twoweight world cham­pion has struck out on his own af­ter split­ting with long-time men­tor and man­ager Barry Mcguigan, who he turned pro­fes­sional with in 2009. The Belfast boxer par­tially uni­fied the su­per-ban­tamweight di­vi­sion un­der Mcguigan’s watch, as well as adding the WBA feath­er­weight ti­tle to their haul by beat­ing Leo Santa Cruz on a ma­jor­ity de­ci­sion last year.

Santa Cruz flipped the script on Framp­ton by win­ning the ti­tle back via the same re­sult in Jan­uary, then a come­back fight against An­dres Gu­tier­rez in July was spiked af­ter the Mex­i­can slipped in the shower and with­drew from the con­test. Shortly af­ter, Framp­ton an­nounced that he is tak­ing con­trol of his own des­tiny as he moves into the endgame phase of his ca­reer.

Framp­ton also con­firmed that he has de­cided to split with trainer and Barry’s son, Shane, and has joined Jamie Moore’s grow­ing camp of fight­ers. Moore told Box­ing News that he can forge a win­ning part­ner­ship with the 30-year-old.

“Carl’s ended up in sunny Sal­ford with me [in­set]. The uni­verse has brought us to­gether,” said Moore. “I got a mes­sage from him the other week ask­ing for my phone num­ber so we could speak about some­thing. My wife Colleen, AKA Mys­tic Meg, had pre­dicted it the week be­fore when the news came out that he’d left Shane [Mcguigan].

“We were friendly when we bumped into each other in the same way that you are with any other boxer, but we weren’t friends,” he added. “Carl men­tioned me on Twitter when I picked him to beat Scott Quigg, ev­ery­one had ex­pected me to pick Scott as he’s from Manch­ester. Carl said I knew my box­ing, it was a throw­away com­ment.”

Ar­guably the big­gest draw in the di­vi­sion, Framp­ton would have been able to pick and choose who to join af­ter leav­ing the Mcguigans, and Moore said that he was rec­om­mended to Framp­ton by some­one close to home. “Carl had not con­sid­ered me un­til his dad told him that he liked the way I was in the cor­ner,” he re­vealed. “He came over to see how he’d fit in, we worked well to­gether so he said: ‘Let’s do it.’”

Some train­ers are happy to work as guns for hire. Moore, though, be­lieves that chem­istry plays a key role in coach­ing. He wanted to make sure that the two of them gelled be­fore mak­ing a com­mit­ment.

“I think that hav­ing the right chem­istry and con­nec­tion is a mas­sive part of be­ing able to train some­one,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of lads in my gym now as I’m look­ing af­ter Oliver [Har­ri­son’s] fight­ers Martin Mur­ray and Rocky Field­ing while he re­cov­ers [from com­pli­ca­tions caused by re­cent surgery]. I’ve got to get an in­sight into their per­son­al­i­ties be­fore they join my gym be­cause I en­joy what I do and don’t want to have to go to work with some­one if I don’t en­joy it.

“Carl is a great lad, he has a great sense of hu­mour, and the other lads look up to him be­cause of what he’s achieved.”

Some have ques­tioned whether Moore has the ex­pe­ri­ence re­quired to deal with a thor­ough­bred fighter like Framp­ton, ar­gu­ing that he lacks the nous re­quired to bring the best out of him. Moore be­lieves that it is a case of work­ing with what Framp­ton al­ready has, as op­posed to mak­ing whole­sale changes.

“I’m ex­pe­ri­enced in box­ing,” Moore ex­plained. “Shane wasn’t ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore he got to that point. That ar­gu­ment is null and void as far as I’m con­cerned. My job is to help Carl use the as­sets he al­ready has to the best of his abil­ity. I just want to sharpen his tools.”

De­spite Framp­ton’s fail­ure to make weight last time out, Moore re­vealed: “Carl’s go­ing to stay at feath­er­weight and wants to be out be­fore the end of the year. Although he’s com­ing into the lat­ter part of his ca­reer, he’s still fresh and can per­form at the top level. I’m look­ing for­ward to help­ing him do that.”

‘CARL’S ENDED UP IN SUNNY SAL­FORD WITH ME. THE UNI­VERSE HAS BROUGHT US TO­GETHER. HE CAME OVER, AND WE WORKED WELL TO­GETHER’ Photo: AC­TION IM­AGES/AN­DREW COULDRIDGE

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