Former Underdog Josh Warrington warns Carl Frampton of Luke Jackson danger


IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington believes Carl Frampton is overlooking upcoming opponent Luke Jackson [16(7)-0].

Frampton [25(14)-1(0)] faces the unheralded Aussie at Windsor Park on Saturday August 18th and is expected to win handily.

The prize for a win at the football stadium is plain to see, with common promoter Frank Warren promising a title fight with Warrington in Manchester in December.

However, the Leeds favourite has warned Frampton of the dangerous of overlooking an opponent – noting how he upset the applecart just a few short months ago.

Back in May, at Elland Road, Warrington [27(6)-0] dethroned IBF champion and heavy favourite Lee Selby.

The Welsh slickster, Warrington believes, already had eyes on a Windsor Park date with Frampton and that this contributed to his downfall.

‘The Leeds Warrior’ explained how “I think he [Jackson] is being overlooked and I don’t think any fighter can afford to overlook an opponent.”

“Look what happened on May 19th – I think Lee Selby and his team definitely overlooked us and looked ahead to bigger money fights with Frampton.”

“Obviously we came in and spoiled the party. You would have thought that Carl and Jamie [Moore, trainer] wouldn’t be naive enough to make the same mistake.”

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Warrington feels that Jackson, who had a decent amateur career, is more than just a tick-over opponent for Frampton ahead of a big fight in the Winter and he senses a genuine belief from the Tasmanian.

With a big-money, in-house fight with Frampton depending on it, Warrington does not want to the Belfast boxer slip up.

The 27-year-old noted how “it seems like everyone thinks it is going to be a shutout for Carl, but they are up against a kid who is very hungry and is undefeated.”

“He came across the world for the press conference and he wouldn’t do that if he was just going to turn up and be a knockover job.”

“I have watched a bit of Luke Jackson to be honest with you and have seen bits of him on social media and stuff.”

“He is very busy on his Instagram, he puts out sparring videos and things like that so it is always interesting to take a look at people who boast about themselves.

“He is coming with intentions to win and, from his interviews, he is serious and it seems like he is up for it.”

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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie