Luke Jackson has made a drastic error of judgment in bad-mouthing Carl Frampton ahead of their Windsor Park collision, according to the Belfast hero’s trainer Jamie Moore.
The unbeaten Jackson has branded two-weight world champion ‘The Jackal’ “heavy” and “sluggish” – comments that the home fighter admits left him “annoyed.”
On August 18 – live on BT Sport, Moore is sure Frampton (25-1-KO14) will make his Australian guest pay dearly.
Moore said: “Carl didn’t need any more motivation because it’s Windsor Park – a dream he’s had all his life.
“Luke Jackson hasn’t made it any better for himself by antagonising Carl in little ways. Even though Jackson might be thinking he can antagonise him to the point Carl will lose his head, you’ve never met a more mentally stronger fighter than Carl Frampton.
“Carl might be throwing out little comments about Jackson saying: ‘Luke Jackson is talking rubbish.’
“On the night, once the ringwalks are done and the reality hits Luke Jackson, he’s going to realise that he’s made a big mistake.”
Frampton v Jackson spearheads a phenomenal night of boxing with Tyson Fury v Pianeta, Paddy Barnes’ world title shot against Cristofer Rosales, Steven Ward v Steve Collins Jr for the Celtic title and many more featuring.
Conrad Cummings feels ‘recharged and regrouped’ ahead of his fight on one of the biggest nights of boxing Ireland has ever seen.
‘Mr Dynamite’ (13-2-1-KO6) is determined to fulfil his undoubted potential after falling short in a bid for the WBO European crown against Luke Keeler last time out – starting at Windsor Park on August 18.
With new trainer Jamie Moore now fully established in his corner, the 27-year-old middleweight feels primed to steal some headlines on the night and begin the journey towards a rematch.
Cummings said: “I was feeling down after defeat to Keeler and had to rebuild myself. I didn’t take the opportunity last time but now my new team is behind me and I feel ready.
“I didn’t look past Luke Keeler but a lot of things were happening behind the scenes and I just massively under-performed. I was mentally flat and it showed on the night. I’d like to get it on again.
“It was a hard lesson learned and now I’m getting back in there having recharged and regrouped. WHAT a stage it is to come back on!
“When I turned professional, people were trying to change my style and I was getting lost between two styles. Now I know what I have to do and that’s get back to what I do best. The best is yet to come.
“I boxed in the WSB and beat two Olympic silver medallists. I haven’t shown anything like that form yet as a professional but I’m looking forward to putting on a show on August 18.”
Cummings and Keeler both feature on the night, which boasts a mouthwatering triple headline in Carl Frampton v Luke Jackson, Tyson Fury v Francesco Pianeta and Cristofer Rosales v Paddy Barnes.
Archie Sharp believes his slick skills can carry him to world level
High-class super-featherweight Archie Sharp is burning with ambition ahead of his first major title shot.
The Kent starlet (13-0-KO7) challenges another unbeaten British fighter in Leon Woodstock for the WBO European title on the Jack Catterall v Ohara Davies card at Leicester Arena on October 6.
With a flawless record and endless talent, the 23-year-old Sharp isn’t planning on resting on his laurels once he relieves Woodstock of the crown – live on BT Sport.
‘Sharpshooter’ said: “I’m over the moon and absolutely buzzing for this fight. This sort of occasion is what I turned professional to be involved in and I’m so proud to be part of it.
“I’m a great believer in my ability. I know I can be at world level one day and it’s just a matter of time before I get there. Of course I’m not looking past Woodstock though – he’s a good fighter.
“This is my first major title and I’ve got to be on my game on the night. I’m supremely confident I’ll win and after I do, we’ll sit down and work out how we’re going to get to world level as quickly as possible.
“The fans are in for a great fight and everyone’s going to see who Archie Sharp is. It’ll be an exciting one – I’ll make sure it is. I’ll also show what a clever fighter I am.
“There’ll be some proper noise in the place on the night. We’re going to Leicester in big numbers so I’m sure the atmosphere will be something special. I’d like to thank everyone who’s coming and to them and everyone who’ll tune in on TV, enjoy the show.”
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