UNDEFEATED Australian contender Luke Jackson faced off with Carl Frampton yesterday in Belfast before the world’s press for their featherweight showdown Saturday at Windsor Park. An expected 25,000 fans in Frampton’s hometown will witness the first boxing event at the home of Northern Irish football. It is Frampton’s first defence of the WBO interim belt he won in April.
“At the start, I thought Carl was overlooking me a bit but I think he understands what’s at stake and if he loses to me his career is pretty much over.
“We’ve trained extremely hard and smart this camp and I’ve spent a lot more time with Billy Hussein than what I normally do. I’ve got to fight the perfect fight and I believe I can do that.
“A world title for me would be a real life Rocky story. I’ve come from nothing and there’s a lot I’ve had to deal with in my life to get to this position. I’m very proud of myself to be here. My father is 67 years old and he’s never left the country of Australia and for me to give my father a reason to fly halfway across the world fills me with pride.
“It’s no surprise that it’s going to be a hostile environment on Saturday. At the end of the day, I’ve just got to deal with it. I’ve tried to prepare for it mentally and we just have to wait and see if it works. I’m ready to weigh in and fight.”