Luke Jackson: ‘Carl Frampton does everything good, but I don’t think he does anything great’
Australian featherweight Luke Jackson faces former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton at Windsor Park in Belfast on August 18 and he insists the local hero on the slide.
Frampton, who is rated No. 3 by The Ring at 126 pounds, has been linked to a matchup with IBF titleholder Josh Warrington, but his unbeaten opponent is looking to upset the script and fulfill his own world title ambitions.
Jackson, 33, believes that Frampton (25-1, 14 knockouts) has dipped since defeating Leo Santa Cruz in July 2016.
“Across the board (Frampton) is phenomenal, but I don’t think he is as good as he once was,” explained Jackson (16-0, 7 KOs).
“In the first fight against Santa Cruz, he boxed out of his skin and deserved to win, but he hasn’t looked the same since.
“Carl is a very good fighter who does everything good, but I don’t honestly think he does anything great.”
Jackson’s outspoken comments have injected some bad blood into the promotion. However, it is unlikely that Frampton, who is rated No. 3 by THE RING at featherweight, will allow such gamesmanship to affect his performance.
“We are going to punch each other in the head. I don’t really care if what I say upsets him,” said Jackson. “I respect him as a fighter, I respect him as a man, but I am coming to beat him, not to be friends.
“I don’t know if he wants me to call him a Hall of Fame fighter or the greatest, but I don’t think he is. He is very beatable and I think I can beat him, simple as that.”
Also on the show, former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury faces Francesco Pianeta, and WBC flyweight champion Cristofer Rosales defends his title against Paddy Barnes.
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Tom Gray is a UK Correspondent/ Editor for RingTV.com and a member of THE RING ratings panel. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing
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