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Frampton foe Jackson: I've got nothing to lose

 

By David Kelly

Luke Jackson believes he can live out a real life Rocky story by causing an almighty shock and crushing Carl Frampton's world title ambitions on Saturday night.

Aussie Jackson dragged himself out of a dark place filled with drug use and mental health issues to become an Olympian and unbeaten professional ready for the fight of his life against former world champion Frampton.

"It's an old cliché about boxing saving a person's life but it did save my life. People can use that phrase too loosely but it did for me, without a doubt," said Jackson.

"From where I've come from and what I've got through, I've got nothing to lose against Frampton.

"A lot of my mates that I hung around with are in jail or dead... I got involved in drugs from a young age, I dropped out of school at around 13 but now everything is coming together. I've been waiting my whole life for an opportunity like this."

Frampton will start a clear favourite against Jackson but the Aussie believes his amateur pedigree will prove to be a crucial factor in him delivering a huge upset.

"I have done it at the highest level as an amateur. He has done it as a professional, I haven't but he hasn't done what I did as an amateur so people are misreading me because of that," added Jackson.

"People think boxing is about who's the toughest, who's the strongest, who's the fastest but I think it's about the IQ and I think I can out-smart Carl Frampton, especially looking at the Leo Santa Cruz second fight he got unsettled very easily and that's something we'll take advantage of."

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