‘The Jackal’ headlines a massive Windsor Park card tomorrow night and is predicting a stoppage within six rounds.
A 2/1 shout with the bookmakers, Frampton [25(14)-1(0)] feels he is far too good for the Aussie featherweight and this will show at the football stadium.
The 31-year-old stresses that he is not underestimating Jackson [16(7)-0] – indeed he rates the Olympian as a fighter – but still believes he will be no match for a reinvigorated ‘Jackal’.
Analysing his 33-year-old Tasmanian opponent, Frampton described how “Luke’s a solid all-round fighter.”
“There’s not a lot of footage of his recent fights but he has a decent ‘German-like’ defence. He has a tight high guard and blocks a lot with his gloves.”
“I know a fair bit about Luke and he is highly ranked for a reason. He is a good fighter, but I am at another level.”
1/50 favourite Frampton takes confidence from what he has labelled as his best fight camp ever and he is sure that he will score his first knockout since his destruction of Chris Avalos at the Odyssey back in February 2015.
Indeed, the Tiger’s Bay boxer believes Jackson’s tactics for the fight will help him end his points streak and enable him to score a knockout in the first six rounds.
Frampton noted how “he [Jackson] will no doubt have taken confidence from how I faded late in my comeback fight with Horacio Garcia last November. But I had big problems outside the ring. I was also coming off my first loss. I only had a seven-week camp when, ideally, I have 12 weeks and it was my first start with a new trainer.”
“We know Jackson’s plan will be to drag me into the second half but there’s two problems. Firstly, the way I’ve been punching in prep, it’ll take a lot to get himself into the second half of the fight and, if he does manage that, he’ll discover I can breeze through 15 rounds, never mind 12!”
Again, Frampton is at pains to underline that he is not looking past the challenge of Jackson to future world title fights with the likes of IBF champ Josh Warrington.
“I’m certainly not overlooking him,” Frampton promised. “I just believe I’m a lot better than him….but then I believe that, at my best, I’m better than every other featherweight on the planet.”
“I don’t want to put undue pressure on myself but, from the way I’ve performed in training, I expect to knock him out spectacularly!”
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