Carl Frampton is leaving nothing to chance after revealing he is working with a sports psychologist ahead of his epic clash with Nonito Donaire this Saturday night.
Fighting in front of his adoring home fans at the SSE Arena in Belfast, the two-weight World Champion spoke with the media before his crucial showdown, live on BoxNation.
31-year-old Frampton is looking to make an emphatic return to the top after being written off following his loss to Mexican hotshot Leo Santa Cruz early last year before winning against Horacio Garcia in his comeback fight.
"You see online people like to moan," said Frampton. "Two fights ago I lost my title to Leo Santa Cruz. And then the last fight I had a performance that was okay, but I think was over criticised, considering all the things that were going on in my life at the time.
"I lost a close fight fair and square to Leo Santa Cruz. Suddenly though, it’s 'Frampton is over the hill'. People like to have their opinions and voice those on social media, but that’s all it is really.
"I’m very lucky. I’ve got fantastic support and a fantastic fanbase, but I don’t kid myself. There are people who would to see me fall flat on my face and would take great joy out of it.
"I’m using this as a motivation to prove to people that I’ve still got a lot left. It’s almost like sticking two fingers up to people who think I’m done. Because what I’ve been doing in this training camp, I’m far from done."
Frampton is working with new trainer Jamie Moore for the fight and has also been working with Manchester City’s strength and conditioning coach Simon Bitcon, while working alongside a sports psychologist.
"I’m working with a guy called Dr Mark Elliott, a Belfast sport psychologist and he’s helped me a lot," said Frampton.
"When I was an amateur we used the Irish psychologist who I found very beneficial. But a lot of the times you were doing it with a group of people. All the lads are there and no one’s really listening, everyone is messing about.
"But it’s something I always tried to pay attention to and listen to. I think it’s definitely beneficial. I teamed up with Mark and it’s been fantastic. It’s reassuring me that I’m a world-class fighter.
"I feel mentally I’m in a good place. I look forward to getting in the gym every day, which I wasn’t before.
"Before it was a slog, thinking 'F***, I’ve got another gym session', I couldn’t be a**ed. But I done it because I had to, but now I enjoy training and I never thought I was going to feel like this in my career.”
Frampton’s fight with Donaire is for the WBO Interim World Featherweight Title with the victor moving closer to a shot at World Champion Oscar Valdez.
You can watch Carl Frampton v Nonito Donaire live on BoxNation this Saturday night. Buy at boxnation.com. Sky TV customers can use code CHAMPIONS for free registration (saving £8).