Luke Jackson reveals injuries sustained as Frampton's punch the 'hardest hit' Australian has ever received
Luke Jackson says Carl Frampton delivered the biggest punch he has ever been on the end of during Saturday evening's Windsor Park showdown.
The previously unbeaten Australian was pummelled by the home favourite, his corner eventually intervening to end the contest during the ninth round.
While a slight nick on his eyelid was the only war wound for the Belfast man, Jackson left for Tasmania with two perforated ear drums having never felt pain quite like what experienced on Saturday night.
"First and foremost pay respect to Carl Frampton a true champion and congratulate him. I didn't fight the best I could but that was a lot down to Carl. His jab was terrific and his footwork was better than I expected," said Jackson, who went on to praise Frampton's savage left hand to the body in the eighth.
"He burst my left ear drum in the third round and my right ear drum in the sixth round so I couldn't hear anything and that's probably why my feet got a little shaky. But the body shot was bad, real bad. That just sucked the life out of me. It's the hardest I've ever been hit.
"I came to win, I gave it everything and it's a little hard keeping it together because I'm so disappointed but I loved my time in Belfast and I was beaten by the better man.
"I would loved to have got to the end of the fight but my coach Billy Hussein felt he did the right thing by throwing the towel and I know he has my interests at heart."
Frampton, understandably, reciprocated the kind words to the man who fought on despite his injuries.
"Luke was entitled to perform out of his skin because there was no pressure on him at all," said the Jackal.
"He's a tough wee man, a really hard man. I did what I had to do and the towel came in. I caught him with a left hook to the body before I dropped him and I don't know how he stayed up from that.
"I knew I was hurting him, I could see him wince with pain and then he would fire back. I felt like I was astep above him, the jab broke him down, short jabs, long jabs."
Belfast Telegraph Digital