Frampton: Fighting At Windsor Park “Is A Dream”
Two days before his return to 25,000 screaming fans in his hometown of Belfast, Carl Frampton and his opponent Luke Jackson spoke to the press on Thursday.
“This is a dream. It’s soon going to be a reality to fight at Windsor Park in front of my passionate fan base,” Frampton said prior to his interim WBO featherweight title defense. “It’s special not only for me but for the city as well. Everybody’s talking about it and there’s a buzz in the city.”
“I’m ready for this. I’ve seen a few things that Luke has said and I truly have not been overlooking him at all this whole camp. With all due respect, this is about more than Luke Jackson. This is about me at Windsor Park and I’ve trained very hard. I’m fitter than I was against Nonito Donaire.”
Frampton has been doing his research on Jackson, and while he respects his opponent, the Belfast native feels he is a different level of fighter. “I know a fair bit about Luke. He’s very highly ranked by the WBO, I think he’s a solid professional,” the fighter said Thursday.
“I just believe that I’m a different level. It doesn’t matter what anybody says, whatever happens on the night is all that matters. It’s all about who gets their arm raised at the end of the night and I believe that’s going to be me.
Across the ring from Frampton, Jackson claims he felt that the current champion might have overlooked him when the fight was announced. “At the start, I thought Carl was overlooking me a bit but I think he understands what’s at stake and if he loses to me his career is pretty much over.
“A world title for me would be a real life “Rocky” story. I’ve come from nothing and there’s a lot I’ve had to deal with in my life to get to this position. I’m very proud of myself to be here. My father is 67 years old and he’s never left the country of Australia and for me to give my father a reason to fly halfway across the world fills me with pride.
When asked about being the “away team” on Saturday night, Jackson feels ready for the reaction. “It’s no surprise that it’s going to be a hostile environment on Saturday.”
“At the end of the day, I’ve just got to deal with it. I’ve tried to prepare for it mentally and we just have to wait and see if it works. I’m ready to weigh in and fight.”