Maybe at the Odyssey – Jamie Moore promises Carl Frampton won’t overlook Luke Jackson


A burning desire to put in a Windsor Park performance means Carl Frampton [25(14)-1(0)] will be anything but complacent against Luke Jackson on August 18th says coach Jamie Moore.

While he has refuted them, strongly, there have been suggestions the two-weight world champion could overlook the challenge presented by the Tasmanian featherweight.

The 2012 Olympian has been talking a good game and seems confident coming into the fight but hasn’t been hailed as a big challenge especially for a fighter gunning for Leo Santa Cruz, Josh Warrington, and Oscar Valdez.

Frampton has strongly denied suggestions he isn’t taking the challenge of Jackson [16(7)-0] seriously his coach has confirmed that certainly isn’t the case.

The Belfast favourite has reportedly been training as hard as ever at the VIP Gym in Manchester but Moore suggests being spectacular at a dream venue rather than Jackson himself is proving a key motivator.

“He is so determined and focused to put on a great performance at Windsor and that is really bad news for Luke Jackson.” Moore explained.

“Everything is on track and this fight is very close to the Nonito Donaire fight so he never really got out of shape.”

“So it is a case of managing that fitness and making sure that we keep him fresh and make sure he peaks for August 18th. His timing and sharpness never really gone away from the last fight so we have been holding him back to make sure he is ready.

“He was still in good nick from the Donaire fight and we are just tweaking small things. Carl is in a great place physically and mentally and I am expecting a big performance from him.”

While Frampton’s main focus is a Windsor showing, Moore is adamant that he and his fighter are taking the challenge of Jackson seriously.

Their third fight together following wins over Horacio Garcia and Donaire, the team is focused ahead of next Saturday at the football stadium.

Moore outlined how “I am looking forward to the fight and we are not underestimating Jackson in any shape or form. We are totally focused on him as he will find out.

“Luke Jackson is a good experienced fighter and he has plenty of amateur experience.”

“He is untested as a professional but that brings two things. The first thing is that he is not experienced at this level but the second thing is the unknown because we don’t know what level he can fight at because he has not been to that level. That does not mean he can’t fight at that level.

“I have made Carl aware of that we can’t afford to look beyond this and with it being at Windsor Park is a big bonus because with a fight like this is because if it had been Jackson at somewhere like the SSE Arena he may not have been so focused.”

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