WATCH: Carl Frampton makes an honest confession as he recalls sparring sessions with Katie Taylor
Former world champion Carl Frampton has admitted Katie Taylor had the ability to out-box him when they shared a ring in sparring sessions.
Taylor is bidding to become the undisputed lightweight world champion when she takes on Belgium's Delfine Persoon in New York on Saturday, with Frampton singing her praises ahead of the biggest fight of her professional career.
"Katie was the standout female amateur boxer on the planet," Frampton told Sky Sports. "She used to train alongside us, and she sparred with us. I sparred Katie a number of times. I've always had a good relationship with her, she’s a quality boxer, she's always been brilliant. I always loved watching her, even in the amateurs.
"I'm going to speak honestly here, I was always a bit stronger than Katie. But if I stood off her and tried to box her, I’d have been outboxed.
"She was very fast, punched a lot faster than me, technically better than me. But when I was getting outboxed, I'd kind of tend to lie on her and kind of push her around and try and use my strength a bit, to tire her out a bit, but Katie was a phenomenal boxer, always has been.
"This are expectations on her this weekend. She's a huge name in the world of sport, but in Ireland in particular, she's a massive name.
"People just expect her to win. If I'm being honest, I don't know too much about the opponent. She's a world champion, but I don't know a lot about her, I've never seen her before. But we all just expect any fight that Katie Taylor is in, we expect her to win, and there's no difference this time.
"I think that women's boxing is kind of on the way up, and it's thanks to girls like Katie and Claressa Shields and a few other people. She is in my eyes already, but potentially she can be an absolute worldwide superstar."
🗣 "If I stood off her, I would've been outboxed!"— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) May 29, 2019
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