WBO interim featherweight champion Carl Frampton (25-1, 14 KOs) scored a ninth round stoppage win over Australia’s Luke Jackson (16-0, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Frampton whose dream it was to fight on the beloved turf of Windsor park made the most of the occasion, scoring the first stoppage since his 2015 win over Chris Avalos.
Jackson had promised the upset in the run-up to the fight was unable to fulfil them, sporting a swollen right eye that Frampton showed his ruthlessness in targetting by the eighth, a body shot dropped the challenger in the round before another hard shot rocked him in the ninth that prompted his corner to throw in the towel.
Speaking after the fight the Irishman said: “Hopefully he (Warrington) can make the fight. I’m not for a second saying I’m a world champion because I have this interim (IBO) title. Josh is a world champion and I would love to be a world champion again.
“That fight is the easiest to make. He is here, so he’s keen, and I’m as keen as mustard, so let’s do it.”
Warrington, who was ringside, said: “I’m looking to get the fight – for me, I beat (Lee) Selby and I’m still ranked behind Carl, so I’d like to be number one for Christmas.”
A shutout ten round victory handed out by Tyson Fury (27-0, 16 KOs) to Francesco Pianeta (35-5-1, 21 KOs) meant that the dream matchup of Fury Vs. Wilder became reality on the nights undercard.
It what ultimately amounted to a sparring session, Fury unlike his ring return was focused on the job at hand, outpointing the two-time European champion with ease through ten uneventful rounds. The score was 100-90.
“It was a calculated boxing performance, it was good to get the rounds in, to slip and slide, use my jab, and I’m very happy with the performance, This was a step up against a better class of opponent.”
Wilder who was in attendance stepped through the ropes to join the victor as Fury glared at the American, saying “We are two men that will fight anybody. Wilder has been trying to make a big fight with the other chump” referring to Anthony Joshua “They called, I answered. I said send me the contract, I said ‘yes’. Now he gets his chance to fight the lineal heavyweight champion of the world. Believe me, I will go to Las Vegas and I will bring home the belt. I will knock this man out.”
Wilder when asked when he would defend his titles, replied. “We are ready now. The best fighting the best is what the world wants to see, and they will get it. I will knock you out Tyson Fury in devastating fashion.”
WBC Flyweight king Cristofer Rosales (28-3, 19 KOs) ended the hopes of capturing the title by two-time Olympic Bronze Medallist Paddy Barnes with a well-placed body shot in the fourth.
Up until that point in the contest, both men had their moments, standing and trading for the previous three rounds. The fight was heating up nicely until Rosales found a thumping right hand to the solar plexus that left Barnes writhing in agony on the canvas as the referee commenced his ten count which on reflection was needless.