Two-weight world champion Carl Frampton has warned opponent Luke Jackson he’s in ruthless mood ahead of Saturday’s clash at Windsor Park.
Early in the build-up to the fight, Jackson claimed ‘The Jackal’ was looking “heavy” and “sluggish”; comments that have left the Belfast hero eager to punish his unbeaten Australian guest.
Frampton said: “[Trainer] Jamie Moore has seen a lot of spite in sparring. There’s been a certain amount of spitefulness in the gym too – more so than before.
“What Jackson said annoyed me a little bit. I think he’s been a bit disrespectful. It’s a fight and the media make it bigger than what it is. It doesn’t matter to me though.
“If he was my best mate and I had the chance to take him out, I’m going to do it. It doesn’t matter what he’s said – he hasn’t said much to irk me. It won’t affect my performance.
“We’ll have a handshake after the fight and go our separate ways I suppose.
“There’s something in me. Madness, I suppose. Maybe that’s too strong a word, but I like dishing out the punishment. Maybe it’s small man syndrome! Whatever it is, it’s there…”
Only a few hundred tickets remain for tonight’s historic stadium show at Windsor Park – which also features Fury v Pianeta, Cristofer Rosales v Paddy Barnes and more.