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'What does he know?' - Frampton hits back at Warrington jibes

 

By David Kelly

Carl Frampton insists he doesn't need to take any advice from IBF World featherweight champion Josh Warrington after the Leeds hero suggested he was becoming complacent leading up to his big night on August 18 at Windsor Park.

Frampton clashes with Australian Luke Jackson, with the winner expected to move on and face either Warrington or WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez before the end of the year.

Belfast man Frampton is seen as the clear favourite going into the headline event at Windsor, which is on course to be a 25,000 sell-out Frank Warren bill - with Paddy Barnes fighting for the WBC world flyweight title and Tyson Fury continuing his comeback on the undercard.

Warrington says he would relish a battle with Frampton but stated his concern that the Jackal was looking past the Aussie.

"Listen, I think he is being overlooked and I don't think any fighter can afford to overlook an opponent," said Warrington.

"Look what happened on May 19 - I think Lee Selby and his team definitely overlooked us and looked ahead to bigger money fights with Frampton. Obviously we came in and spoiled the party. You would have thought that Carl and his coach Jamie Moore wouldn't be naive enough to make the same mistake."

Frampton sharply brushed any such suggestions aside as he counts down to one of the biggest nights of his career.

"I saw Josh Warrington saying I was taking Jackson for granted, but what would he know? He hasn't been in my camp, so what does he know? I'm not taking Luke Jackson for granted in the slightest," said Frampton.

"I've done that before against Alejandro Gonzalez and I ended up on my backside twice in the first round. I've learned from that fight.

"I believe that I'm a better fighter than Luke Jackson, I've fought at a higher level. I believe I'm better than him but I've trained hard for the fight, I'm sparring well in the gym - we've got good sparring in - and I've been pushing myself to the limit.

"Jackson seems to be telling himself, trying to convince himself, that I'm overlooking him, but he really needs to get that out of his head.

"There's no way that with me fighting at Windsor Park I'm going to overlook anyone."

While former world super-bantamweight and featherweight champion Frampton is adamant that he has ticked all the boxes in his preparation for Jackson, the 31-year-old nevertheless says that the Aussie's style is the ideal foil for his natural boxing.

"If you wanted to build a fighter that I could look good against, I think you would build Luke Jackson," said Frampton.

"He comes forward, he keeps his hands nice and high and tries to block a lot of shots. His head movement is okay, not great. He's solid, well-rounded, but I think that he's made for me, I genuinely do."

Frampton has spent the last 10 months with new coach Jamie Moore, and during that period not only has the Jackal enjoyed two victories, but there have also been significant world level victories for Manchester gym-mates Rocky Fielding and Martin Murray, while fellow Ulster men Conrad Cummings and Steven Ward are also part of the camp - and boxing on the Windsor Park undercard.

"Jamie deserves a lot of credit for his gameplan, his approach to training and his training methods," added Frampton.

"He works on certain drills, certain combinations that will work in the fight, and it pays off. He's a quality trainer, the gym's buzzing and we're flying."

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