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Boxing: Carl Frampton v Jeremy Parodi

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Boxing: Carl Frampton v Jeremy Parodi
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18/10/2013

Saturday October 19
Odyssey Arena, Belfast
BoxNation 7pm

Shane McGuigan – son of Barry and trainer of unbeaten super-bantamweight Carl Frampton – on his explosive young fighter’s world title eliminator in Belfast on Saturday…

Sparring challenges
“Carl has done over 120 rounds of sparring in preparation for this. Each sparring partner has been way bigger than him. We can’t get any of the small guys to come back because Carl is just so ferocious in sparring. Every time I ring somebody up around his weight division about sparring, the phone line just goes ‘beeeeep’.”

Opponent Jeremy Parodi
“He’s lost only one of 37 fights, but we can’t actually find that much footage of him. We’ve got two fights of his recorded, and he looks similar in both: hands up high, a typical European style. He likes to take the centre of the ring and aggressively push fighters back. That kind of suits us. It looks like it’s going to be a really entertaining fight.”

Frampton attack
“What’s important in boxing is that you dictate the pace, and Carl does that naturally. He’ll slow it down and pick it up whenever he wants to. Because he is so heavy-handed, Carl likes to push guys back in all of his fights. I give it two or three rounds and Parodi is going to be on the back foot – so that will be uncharted territory for him.”

Modern world
A lot of people tend to neglect strength and conditioning training in boxing, because of that old myth that lifting weights will make you slow. It couldn’t be further from the truth. Adapting that into Carl’s training regimes has changed his whole game. He’s using his feet a lot more, he’s much more explosive, he punches harder – and he fights at four pounds lighter than he used to when he was an amateur.”

A caveman diet
“It’s simple: if it doesn’t fly, if it doesn’t run, if you can’t pick it off the tree or gather it – then just don’t eat it. It eliminates thought, so it’s probably the easiest diet to stick to when you’re on the road. Some people can’t get their head around eating vegetables and a steak in the morning, but you would never feed a lion a chocolate chip cookie – so why would we feed one to Carl?”

Youth and experience
“Some people [in boxing] are put off by my age: the fact that I’m not even 25 and I’m training Carl. It’s that stereotype of the old Rocky scene: Mickey out there shouting at Rocky at 70 years of age because he’s got all the wisdom – but that’s where my dad comes into play. He’s the mentor. I try to bring the new science into it and Dad brings the old knowledge. We gel off each other well, and I think it’s working great for Carl.”

Frampton v Parodi is live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch.437/Virgin Ch.546) from 7pm on Saturday October 19. Subscribe online at www.boxnation.com

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