Michael Conlan predicted that Carl Frampton will stop his Australian opponent in his Windsor Park clash and wouldn’t completely rule out a fight with his compatriot in the future.
Frampton is set to face off against former Olympian Luke Jackson on August 18th, at Windsor Park with Tyson Fury also featuring on the undercard.
His fellow Belfast native, Conlan gave his thoughts on the match-up in an exclusive interview with World Boxing News, saying: “It’s fantastic for Carl, it’s been his dream to fight at Windsor Park.
“He’s a stablemate of mine now that we’re with the same management team, I really wish him all the best.”
Conlan – a former world amateur champion – is familiar with Jackson from the unpaid ranks and knows enough about the Australian to make a firm prediction.
“I really do believe he’s levels above Luke Jackson. I know Luke from the amateurs and I’d be friendly with Luke, but I have to be honest and I think Carl is few a levels ahead of him and that will show on the evening.
“I think Carl stops him, I don’t think Jackson has fought someone who punches as hard as Carl or someone as talented as him.
“He has fought some decent fighters from the Oceanic area and some South Americans but nothing on the Carl Frampton level.
“He fought at a high level in the amateurs and he’s very tough, but it’s hard to be tough when you’re being punched in the face for 12 rounds,” Conlan said.
Conlan fights in the featherweight division – the same weight as Frampton – and there has been a lot of talk as to whether they would clash in a mouthwatering all Irish battle.
When asked by WBN whether he could see the pair facing off in their own Windsor Park clash, the 26 year-old said: “If I’m honest, no. Before when I was younger I used to think I would have loved it, but the fact that we’re with the same management team (MTK Global) now and I’m actually friends with Carl, no.
“At the same time Carl is in the last few years of his career and I’m just getting started so I don’t see our paths crossing.
“If we passed each other at the right time and the money was right and everything was right 100% I would take the fight.” Conlan added.
Conlan has his own homecoming to deal with this upcoming Saturday against Adeilson Dos Santos at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, in what will be his first pro outing in his home city.
Thomas Davison is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Thomas on Twitter @thomasdavison93