THE enormity of headlining a stadium bill isn’t being understated by Carl Frampton.
Now just days away from his highly anticipated fight against unbeaten Australian Luke Jackson, the 31-year-old isn’t taking anything for granted, highlighting the importance of winning at home.
Although the general public believe Frampton (25-1, 14 KOs) is looking well beyond his looming date with Jackson, the Irishman has made a point to confirm that this truly isn’t the case.
“Imagine me going to Windsor Park and losing to Luke Jackson,” Frampton told IFL TV.
“That would be the worst thing to ever happen – the end of my career – people would talk about that for a very long time. Luke Jackson thinks that I’m overlooking him.
“He needs to get that out of his head.”
The motivation to defend his recently acquired interim version of the WBO featherweight championship hold more significance to the high-profile homecoming fight.
For Frampton, a victory over Jackson opens the door to several big fights, including a lucrative rubber-match with the divisions consensus number one, Leo Santa Cruz, in a third fight.
Alternative options include the outright WBO featherweight ruler Oscar Valdez, or a local derby with IBF featherweight titleholder and big draw Josh Warrington, whom Frampton could also meet.
“I’ve been training very, very hard. I’m in better shape than I was for the Donaire fight,” he concluded.
“He [Jackson] needs to get that out of his head. I’m going to put on a performance that Windsor Park deserves.
“If I beat Luke Jackson, I’m mandatory for Oscar Valdez, he’ll be ready to fight. [I’m happy to fight] either or, Warrington or Valdez and then I’ll be pushing in the New Year for the Santa Cruz fight.
“I want that fight more than any other fight.”
Frampton concluded his media work-out by offering a stern prediction, taking aim at Jackson’s style.
“I can outbox him if I want,” Frampton concluded.
“He’s there to be hit. I feel like I’m going to knock him out.”