Carl Frampton Stops Luke Jackson in Nine
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: August 18, 2018
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND – In front of a crowd of 23, 000 fans in Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Irish native Carl Frampton (26-1, 15 KOs) scored an impressive ninth-round technical knockout over Australia’s Luke Jackson (16-1, 7 KOs). Similar to the undercard bout between Tyson Fury and Francesco Pianeta, the Frampton-Jackson bout played out as an interim fight before Frampton faces off against IBF featherweight champion, Josh Warrington (27-0, 6 KOs).
Frampton’s performance against Jackson was his best since he faced Leo Santa Cruz in July of 2016. The Irish native punished Jackson throughout the fight landing hooks, body punches and even uppercuts from the outside. Frampton looked comfortable in the ring with Jackson, and after seven rounds it seemed that the end of the fight was near.
In the eighth round, Frampton landed a beautifully placed left hook to the body that put Jackson on the canvas. Jackson was able to recover enough to beat the referee’s ten count, but it was unclear if he would come out for the ninth round. Frampton went immediately to work in the ninth round, once again, hurting Jackson with a body shot. This time Jackson’s corner had seen their fighter take enough punishment throwing in the towel to force the referee to end the match at the 1:21 mark of the ninth round.
Frampton currently holds the interim WBO featherweight (126) championship and will now look to face Josh Warrington in a unification bout of sorts. Warrington won the IBF featherweight title from Lee Selby last May in a close encounter. If Frampton’s performance against Jackson is any indication as to how he will look against Warrington, he may end up with another world title around his waist.
(Featured Photo: Frank Warren Promotions)