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Carl Frampton promises night to remember at Windsor Park

 

By David Kelly

Carl Frampton is promising Northern Ireland sports fans a night they will never forget when he headlines on August 18 at Windsor Park - with close friend Paddy Barnes looking to make Irish boxing history by winning a world title in only his sixth bout.

Frampton will face unbeaten Australian Luke Jackson with the winner going on to challenge IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington before Christmas, while Barnes takes on WBC flyweight title holder Cristofer Rosales and former world heavyweight king Tyson Fury continues his comeback.

"This is the kind of occasion that people will still be talking about for years to come, saying, 'I was at that Frampton night at Windsor Park, with Paddy Barnes winning a world title and Tyson Fury on the card'.

"For Northern Ireland it's a huge occasion for the whole community," said Frampton.

"Paddy has the chance to make history as the fastest Irish boxer to win a world title, which would be amazing. Paddy's got a fantastic engine for someone who has had just five fights.

"The guy he's fighting, I've seen him up close. He got outpointed by Andrew Selby. He has a similar style to Paddy, he's tough and big but I think they will lock horns and Paddy will beat him, I really believe that."

Frampton says he is determined to deliver another scintillating display on the back of his victory over ring legend Nonito Donaire in April.

"I want to give a performance that is worthy of the occasion and to do that I have to make sure I'm in the best shape possible," he added.

"It's going to be incredible to walk out into this arena, it'll be special - not just for me but the city as well and the country. This may be the last time I fight at Windsor Park, I just don't know. I hope it's not but you never know in this game. It could be one night only."

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