Carl Frampton vs Luke Jackson Preview Aug. 18th
The interim WBO World Featherweight Title’s on the line at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland this Saturday, August 18th when Carl Frampton of Belfast defends it against undefeated Luke Jackson of Hobart, Australia. Frampton last fought in April when he beat Nonito Donaire by unanimous decision to win the interim title. Jackson also fought in April when he stopped Surachet Tongmala in the second round. The fight can be seen live on Showtime Facebook and You Tube while Showtime Extreme is supposed to show it on tape-delay. Fans in the UK can see the action on BT Sport 1.
Frampton vs Jackson Betting Odds
- Luke Jackson +1200
- Carl Frampton -5000
The 31-year-old Frampton enters the ring with an impressive record of 25-1 with 14 Kos to his name and has fought 174 rounds since turning pro in 2009. The ex-Super Bantamweight and Featherweight World Champion champion stands 5-feet-5-inches tall and has a 62-inch reach. Frampton has pretty good, but not overwhelming power as his current knockout ratio stands at 54 per cent. He’s also got a decent chin, but has been on the canvas before. Frampton’s also a former European and Commonwealth Champion who enjoyed a fine amateur career.
His biggest-name opponents so far have been Donaire, Leo Santa Cruz, Scott Quigg, Kiko Martinez and Steve Molitor of Canada. Frampton’s gone 7-1 with 3 Kos against current and former world champions so has done quite well when stepping up in class. Of course, he’s best known for his pair of classic bouts against Santa Cruz in which he won the WBA Super World Featherweight crown by majority decision in July, 2016 and then lost it via a majority decision in their rematch six months later. He’s arguably taking a step backwards here against Jackson.
Frampton’s a solid boxer with a good arsenal of punches and isn’t one to lose his concentration in the ring. He’s quite accurate with his shots, doesn’t waste many of them and uses his jab to set up straight right hands and left hooks. He’s comfortable leading the way or counterpunching and his power is somewhat underrated. He’s still in his prime and most fans would like to see him meet Santa Cruz again in a rubber match. But that being said, he can’t underestimate and overlook Jackson on Saturday night. If he does, he could be in for a surprise.
Jackson is 33 years old and hails from Tasmania. He may be unbeaten in 16 pro bouts with a perfect record of 16-0, but he hasn’t really fought anybody of note. He also carries around 7 Kos with him for a current knockout ratio of 44 per cent. Jackson fought as a lightweight at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England, but lost in the first round. Since turning pro, he’s won the WBO Oriental, WBA Oceania, and Australian Featherweight Titles. Jackson’s just over 5-feet-6-inches tall so has a 1.5-inch height advantage on Frampton. He’s also got a six-inch edge in reach to go with it.
The challenger will need to use his size advantage to try and nail Frampton at a distance. But if he doesn’t have the power to keep him at bay then Frampton will simply end up walking through him. Jackson obviously possesses some fine boxing skills, but if he isn’t able to land a big enough shot to drop or stop Frampton I don’t think he’ll be able to win a decision.
Frampton should be too skilled and experienced for Jackson.
Play: Frampton -5000 @ BetOnline.ag
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