He’s Good, Not Great – Luke Jackson confident ahead of Carl Frampton challenge

Luke Jackson [16(7)-0] says he is ready to change his life with victory over a good – but not great – Carl Frampton.

The Australian was confirmed as ‘The Jackal’s’ Windsor Park opponent in Belfast today.

The 2012 Olympian has been labelled an “underwhelming” opponent by many but the WBO #5 certainly doesn’t seem overwhelmed going into what could prove a career-altering stadium fight.

While the 33-year-old from Tasmania admits he will have to be at his best against the former two-weight world champion, he doesn’t seem to believe he is facing one of the weight’s elite.

His assertion added a sprinkling of spice to the pair’s first meeting, something which may be built upon in the coming weeks.

The Down Under fighter described how “I’ve watched Carl as I fighter and I’m a fan of Carl Frampton. He a is very good fighter and I am going to have to be at my best to beat him.”

“He’s very humble, he doesn’t do much trash talking which is what I like. As a fighter, I wouldn’t say he does anything great, but he does everything very, very good. He is fundamentally sound.” Jackson added while playing the Irish card. 

“My father was telling me I have some ancestors from Ireland – so it’s like home.”

Jackson has come from left field to secure a fight with one of the biggest names in the division but is adamant he has earned his WBO interim title fight.

The Aussie also suggests the career-changing aspect to the fight provides motivation while Jeff Horn’s odds defying victory over Manny Pacquiao provides him with confidence.

“I didn’t get here by luck, I’ve worked my backside off for 16 years to get to this position.”

“I roomed with Jeff at the London Olympic Games and to see him go and beat Manny Pacquiao gives me, and all other Australian fighters, hope that we can follow in his footsteps, and I have my opportunity here and it’s massive opportunity.”

“My life will change overnight, without a doubt [if I win]. I have been proving people wrong for a long time and I am ready to do it again.”

“I have been pretty vocal that I wanted Oscar Valdez, but this is even better. This is why we do it.”


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