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Carl Frampton: My career's over if I lose at Windsor Park


By David Kelly

Northern Ireland hero Carl Frampton says not only his world title aspirations are on the line on August 18 at Windsor Park - but also his future in boxing.

Former featherweight champion Frampton will seek to set up another shot at world glory when he clashes with Australian Luke Jackson, a man ranked number five in the WBO, whose titleholder Oscar Valdez is a target for the Belfast man.

Frampton will enter the Windsor Park stage as a clear favourite to pave the way to a duel with Valdez or IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington before the end of the year and defeat would turn those ambitions to dust.

"I want to be world champion again. If I lose this fight my career is over, that's the truth," said Frampton at his Manchester gym base yesterday.

"I'm not intending to lose it, I want the big fights and I want bigger names than Luke Jackson - Leo Santa Cruz, Oscar Valdez, Josh Warrington… these are the guys that I want, but I need to get past Jackson first and I'm intending to do that."

Frampton’s magnetic appeal has even surprised himself as it is understood that less than 2,000 tickets of the 25,000 are left to be sold for the August 18 bill, which also features Paddy Barnes challenging for the WBC world flyweight title and former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury continuing his comeback against former world title challenger Francesco Pianeta.

“I believe I’m one of the best supported fighters in the world. It’s an interim world title fight and to sell it out is an achievement. I feel very honoured to have the support that I do,” added Frampton.

Tyson Fury, meanwhile, voiced his confidence that he will face — and beat — Deontay Wilder after this month’s clash with Pianeta.

Fury revealed he is in talks with WBC heavyweight champion Wilder, adding: “Negotiations are very strong for December, we’re almost done for this deal.”

He also said that, having beaten Pianeta, he would then knock Wilder out, and suggested the contest would take place in America.

When asked yesterday how confident he was about the fight being made, Fury said: “Confident it’s done. I have just got to beat Pianeta first, and then I’ll fight Wilder next.”

Fury was then asked about being ready to defeat Wilder if he did face him in December, and the 29-year-old said: “I was born ready in 1988.”

He added: “We’re all going to America on a road trip. I’ve been to America before. Conquered Steve Cunningham in New York (in 2013). I’m going back to conquer again.”

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