Luke Jackson has a big chance on Saturday, as the Australian travels to Belfast to face Carl Frampton for the interim WBO featherweight title.
“Across the board he is phenomenal, but I don’t think he is as good as he once was. ... We are going to punch each other in the head. I don’t really care if what I say upsets him. I respect him as a fighter, I respect him as a man but I am coming to beat him, not coming over 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.”
This is a big, big step up in competition for Jackson (16-0, 7 KO), a 33-year-old former Olympian who turned pro in 2013 and hasn’t really made any big waves, facing nobody even close to being considered a contender. But he’s talking a good game, at the very least, and has Frampton riled. Could that work to Jackson’s advantage? Hey, it’s worth a shot.