Monday 18 February 2019

Jackal finding his appetite for Windsor

BACK IN LOVE: Frampton. Photo: Getty Images
BACK IN LOVE: Frampton. Photo: Getty Images

Carl Frampton is preparing for this month's Windsor Park fight against Luke Jackson feeling "reinvigorated" and that his last performance was better than all but one in his career so far.

Having outpointed Filipino Nonito Donaire in Belfast's SSE Arena in April, earning the WBO interim featherweight title, Frampton will be back in his native city taking on Australia's Jackson on August 18.

It will be the third contest for Frampton aka 'The Jackal' - who has said it will "mean the world" to him to fight at the home of the Northern Ireland football team for the first time - since he started working with his trainer Jamie Moore.

Frampton appointed Moore and linked up with promoter Frank Warren last year after splitting with trainer Shane McGuigan and manager Barry McGuigan.

The 31-year-old (25-1, 14 KOs), whose sole professional defeat came in his final fight before those changes, a rematch against Mexico's Leo Santa Cruz,said: "I feel like I am reinvigorated, like I am back to my old self.

"A few years ago I was kind of falling out of love with boxing and counting down the days to retirement. But I've got it back. I haven't felt like that in four or five years.

Frampton added: "The Santa Cruz one fight (when he won the WBA featherweight title in 2016) was probably my best performance, but after that I think Donaire was probably the second best.

"It was disciplined. He was a puncher. I felt much stronger than him, but he could punch. I needed to be cautious from start to finish, and my discipline was key. If you want to rank my performances, I think that's number two."

Regarding the 33-year-old Jackson (16-0, 7 KOs), Frampton said: "He's undefeated, but he's not been in against anyone close to my level and I intend to show him what it's like at the very highest level of world boxing.

"I intend to put on a performance and beat this guy. I believe if I turn up 100 per cent then I get rid of him."

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