Carl Frampton dispatches of Jackson in nine
Luke Jackson exuded a lot of confidence going into this fight. The undefeated Australian fighter made statements questioning the hunger of the former three-time champion.
While the heart, will and determination of the Australian was not in question, he was well short in terms of skill.
Frampton manifested why his experience would be a major issue for the underdog. The slickness, feints, ring IQ; all major advantages for the former WBA champion.
In particular, Frampton did an excellent job of setting up his left hook to the body using feints and combination punching. As Jackson would step in to counter, Frampton would move out of range.
There were times where Jackson was able to be first, allowing himself to land some significant right hands. However, the shots did not bother his opponent.
Jackson was cut by the fifth round and down on the canvas by the eighth due to a left hook to the solar plexus.
This should have been the point in which Jackson needed to understand that he could not continue to stay at mid-range distance and allowing Frampton to get off first.
Going into the ninth round, the former champion stalked his opponent against the ropes and landed another left hook to the body. This immediately took the legs away form Jackson wha wobbled to the center of the ring.
As Frampton continued his barrage, Jackson looked over to the ref the moment his corner threw in the towel. The fight was over!
Frampton improves to 26-1 with 15 knockouts and defends his interim WBO title.
Josh Warrington Fight Next?
Rumblings before the fight were a possible clash with newly crowned IBF champion Josh Warrington. This would setup a world title bout on U.K. domestic soil.
The IBF does not have Frampton ranked in their top 15. However, promoter Frank Warren believes the fight can be made and sanctioned as a title fight.
By: EJ Williams