Carl Frampton believes Saturday’s clash with Josh Warrington could have sold out a stadium but sees preservation of his momentum as all-important.
‘The Jackal’ is bidding to become a four-time world champion at Manchester Arena when he takes on IBF featherweight title-holder Warrington and having turned in ruthless performances in his last two bouts against Nonito Donaire and Luke Jackson, feels at the top of his game.
Frampton said: “This is a big arena – the biggest in the country. The fight could’ve been a stadium fight but I don’t want to wait around for good weather.
“I want to keep this momentum I’ve never had in my career. I don’t think I’ve been this busy since 2012 or 2013. It’s incredible to be so active.
“I’ve fought in the Manchester Arena before when I beat Scott Quigg. That was a special atmosphere but this will be even louder.”
With big names such as Rocky Fielding, Martin Murray, Jack Catterall and more all in the same gym under Jamie Moore and Nigel Travis, Frampton is revelling in the hubbub.
The Belfast hero said: “We’ve got a busy gym at the moment but nobody gets jealous or annoyed because having both Jamie and Nigel means there’s loads of time for the fighters.
“One guy works with Jamie, one works with Nigel and others hit the bags. There are different time slots and it’s all very well planned out. We don’t fight over attention.”
Joining Frampton on a colossal card are MTK Global team-mates Murray, Michael Conlan, Billy Joe Saunders, Paddy Barnes, Steven Ward, Troy Williamson and Sam Maxwell.