Luke Jackson antagonizes Carl Frampton in opening exchanges

Frank Warren

Australian Luke Jackson heads to Windsor Park, Belfast on Saturday August 18 as opponent Carl Frampton fulfills a dream to fight at the famous football stadium. 

Jackson, an Olympian from the 2012 Games in London, brings an undefeated record to the table and a confidence he can upset ‘The Jackal’ to spoil his homecoming party.

“My father told me I have Irish ancestors so I’m home,” joked Jackson at the press conference announcement.

“I’m a fan of Carl and he is humble. He is very good and I am going to have to be at my best.

“Carl doesn’t do anything great, but he is fundamentally sound and I am here to win. I am not here by luck.

“It has taken 16 years and got here through hard work and dedication.”

“I roomed with Jeff Horn at London 2012 and to see him beat Manny Pacquiao gives me hope and I have this massive opportunity.

“My life will change overnight if I win. I have been proving people wrong for a long time and I am ready to do it again.”

“I have been pretty vocal that I wanted Oscar Valdez, but this is even better. This is why we do it.”

Comments from the Aussie haven’t gone down well with Frampton, who has since labelled Jackson disrespectful to heighten the animosity.

Any needle will be welcomed by fans of Framptom, who were hoping to see the former world champion compete for another full title belt on the card.

Promoter Frank Warren announced the stunning bill that will televised live on BT Sport at a packed press conference held at Windsor Park.

Tickets on sale Friday from www.ticketmaster.ie. Price at £40, £50, £80, £100, £120, £150, £250, £400 (includes hospitality).