After a fantastic display of boxing at Windsor Park last weekend, Carl Frampton showed his critics just how far he has come as a professional athlete after beating Aussie Luke Jackson.
Jackson holds the WBA Oceania, WBO Oriental and Australian Featherweight titles. Jackson was eighteen when he started boxing but showed a raw talent coming third at the Australian titles in his first year and winning the title in his second year. He first represented Australia at the World Championships in 2005, he has since competed in the Common Wealth games, Afrura Games, Oceania Championships and the 2012 Olympics. Jackson had an unbeaten record of fifteen wins since he turned professional five years ago, but Frampton gave him his first defeat last weekend to retain the Interim WBO title.
Frampton dominated the bout throughout and showed such class and determination which saw his opponent throw the towel in on the 9th round. Overall Jackson didn’t pose much of threat at all with Frampton claiming each round. In the eighth round Frampton hit Jackson with a left-hand body shot which knocked him down and one further big smash proved the decisive blow in the ninth round.
A delighted Frampton told the crowd at Windsor Park “The atmosphere was amazing; the fans have given me everything. Thank you,” Frampton’s win against Jackson makes it twenty-six wins out of twenty-seven with only one defeat to date, namely Santa Cruz last year, since turning professional in 2009. Frampton’s promoter Frank Warren confirmed on Saturday night that Frampton’s next opponent will be newly crowned IBF Featherweight Champion Josh Warrington later this year. Both Warrington and Frampton both have twenty-seven professional bouts under their belt however Warrington has a completely clean sheet. He has defended his WBC International featherweight title four times successfully since he won it in 2015 and took the IBF featherweight title from Lee Selby last May.
The date has yet to be announced but it is thought it will take place in Manchester in October or November this year!