Frampton and Fury fancied to triumph at Windsor Park

Carl Frampton could move a step closer to becoming a world champion once again when he faces Australian Luke Jackson at Windsor Park on Saturday.

The Belfast featherweight Frampton will be fulfilling a long-held ambition when he fights at the home of the Northern Ireland football team.

The 31-year-old beat Nonito Donaire in his last fight at the SSE Arena in Belfast in April, claiming a classy points win over the former four-weight world champion.

Donnaire was heavily marked at the end of the contest as Frampton won 117-111 on all cards.

A sell-out crowd of 24,000 will watch the former two-weight world champion take on Jackson, who has won all of his 16 fights since turning professional in 2013.

Frampton will be rewarded with a shot at IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington later this year if he can defeat Jackson.

A victory for the current WBO ‘interim’ title holder would also see him become the mandatory challenger to WBO champion Oscar Valdez once he has recovered from a broken jaw.

Frampton is the clear betting favourite with Sportingindex to win the fight, but he would be well-advised not to underestimate Jackson.

The 33-year-old won a bronze medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, before going on to represent Australia as team captain at the London 2012 Olympics.

He turned professional in 2013 and is now unbeaten in 16 fights, but he has never fought as a pro outside his homeland.

Elsewhere on the card, the Tyson Fury show rolls into Belfast as the undefeated heavyweight takes his second step along the road to a possible world title challenge against Deontay Wilder.

Fury returned to action with an easy victory over Macedonian Sefer Seferi earlier this summer, and he is expected to make short work of Francesco Pianeta on Saturday.

The experienced Italian has faced the likes of Wladimir Klitschko, Ruslan Chagaev and Kevin Johnson during his career, but Fury should take another important step on his road back to the top.

He looked in great shape during Wednesday’s public workouts at Castle Court Shopping Centre in Belfast and is fancied to extend his unbeaten record.

Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes features in the other high-profile bout at Windsor Park when he bids to take the WBC belt away from reigning flyweight champion Cristofer Rosales.

Barnes has fought just five times as a professional, but the double Olympic medallist would guarantee his status as an Irish boxing legend if he can defeat his Nicaraguan opponent.

He and Rosales both fight on the front foot and the pair could produce fireworks on what promises to be a memorable night.