Having defied the bookies and popular opinion by defeating Lee Selby to claim the IBF featherweight title, the Leeds native knows what it’s like to be a successful underdog and has warned Carl Frampton against overlooking his fight with the Tasmanian at Windsor Park on August 18th.
Indeed, Warrington, who Frampton is in line to face in December should he fulfil expectations and defeat Jackson, went as far as to say he believed the Belfast fighter was taking the 2012 Olympian lightly.
The former two-weight world champion, who attended a Manchester media day alongside Tyson Fury yesterday, was irked by similar claims made by his Windsor foe and wasn’t going to take the world champion questioning his profesionalism.
“I saw Josh Warrington saying I was taking Jackson for granted, but what would he know? He hasn’t been in my camp, so what does he know?” questioned a frustrated Frampton.
“I’m not taking Luke Jackson for granted in the slightest,” he added before stressing he learnt a lesson in that regard in Texas back in 2015.
“I’ve done that before against Alejandro Gonzalez and I ended up on my backside twice in the first round. I’ve learned from that fight.”
Jackson, who has played a part in building a fight that has been criticised as being disappointed, has made the same claims.
Frampton admits he is confident going into the clash but is adamant that a fear of losing at his dream venue won’t allow him to overlook anyone.
“I believe that I’m a better fighter than Luke Jackson, I’ve fought at a higher level. I believe I’m better than him but I’ve trained hard for the fight, I’m sparring well in the gym – we’ve got good sparring in – and I’ve been pushing myself to the limit,” added the 31-year-old who is deep in camp at Jamie Moore’s VIP Gym in Astley where he is sparring the likes of Gamal Yafai and Ryan Garner.
Indeed, Frampton believes talk of him overlooking Jackson is nothing more than an attempt by the Aussie to create confidence where there is none.
The Tiger’s Bay star reasoned how “Jackson seems to be telling himself, trying to convince himself, that I’m overlooking him, but he really needs to get that out of his head.”
“There’s no way that with me fighting at Windsor Park I’m going to overlook anyone,”