According to sources, Carl Frampton will defend his interim WBO World featherweight title against Luke Jackson at Windsor Park on August 18 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Frampton put up a solid performance against four-weight champion Nonito Donaire in April and had hopes of getting another big name in August.
Instead, he faces Jackson (16-0, 7 KO’s) who hails from Australia and is the current WBO Oriental featherweight champion and a former WBA Oceanic featherweight title holder. He is the fifth-ranked featherweight in world by the WBO and is listed second on BoxRec’s Australian featherweight chart. The unbeaten 33-year-old also represented Australia as team captain in the 2012 London Olympics but did not medal.
Fans have been salivating over a juicy clash between Frampton and Josh Warrington but the recently crowned IBF World featherweight champion will have to wait for his turn against ‘The Jackal’ as promoter Frank Warren feels August is not the right time for that fight.
“I’d like to get Josh [Warrington] out sometime September. Then get the two guys together which will be a burster,” commented Warren to Boxing Social.
In regards to Frampton’s upcoming fight, Warren said the following after the Daniel Dubois-Tom Little press conference:
“We are working on delivering Carl’s dream which is to fight at Windsor Park. We will have a good fight there. He’s gonna have a guy with a good record and it will be a tough night for Frampton.”