Carl Frampton wants to welcome Luke Jackson to hell as he aims to emulate French football star

CARL FRAMPTON cannot wait to welcome Luke Jackson to the hell after the Australian got Down Under his skin.

Around 20,000 fans will be supporting the proud Irishman at his Windsor Park debut on August 18 as he works his way back to a featherweight world title shot.

 Carl Framtpon wants his Windsor Park fans to intimidate his rival

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Carl Framtpon wants his Windsor Park fans to intimidate his rival

And they will target the trash-talking 33-year-old visitor after he did his best to turn the bout into a grudge war.

The former two-weight world champ said: “There’s no grudge. It feels like he has to talk up a fight to sell it and he doesn’t need to.

“He’s said a few things that have got under my skin but that’s it. It’s hardly a grudge match, they’ve been minor.

“This is going to be really hostile – it won’t be people sitting and clapping a good shot.

Carl Frampton discussing his boxing world title dreams

 Luke Jackson has tried to use the media to rile Carl Frampton

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Luke Jackson has tried to use the media to rile Carl Frampton

“This is going to be completely different. I don’t know what he’s expecting but this is going to be different.

“It’s going to be very, very noisy and something he’s never experienced before.”

Windsor Park is already a special place for Frampton, his earliest memory of being inside the Belfast cauldron is watching Northern Ireland lose 1-0 to France in a 1999 friendly.

The Jackson fight will be in the same spot, exactly 19 years later to the day, since he saw his underdog side take on the world champions.

 

Lilian Thuram set-up the winning goal and Frampton hopes his performance is as memorable as the former defender’s.

He said: “I could not remember if it was a friendly, a qualifier or what, but I remember Thuram more than anything so he must have had a great game because it stuck in my memory.

“People assume fighting at Windsor was a childhood dream but it wasn’t because I just never thought it would be possible to fight in a football stadium, I don’t think any kid does.

 Carl Frampton remembers his first to Windsor Park for a French defender

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Carl Frampton remembers his first to Windsor Park for a French defender
 Lilian Thuram stole the show for Carl Frampton

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Lilian Thuram stole the show for Carl Frampton

“After I started selling out the Odyssey arena, took 15,000 to Manchester and 5,000 to Las Vegas, then it became more realistic.

“This could be the one people talk about for a long time because you want to make memories.

“I want people to remember this in 30 or 40 years’ time, it could go down as a real sporting event in Northern Ireland.”

CARL FRAMPTON cannot wait to welcome Luke Jackson to the hell after the Australian got Down Under his skin.