By John J. Raspanti
Two-time division former champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton thrilled his hometown fans by stopping game Luke “Action” Jackson in round nine at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland Saturday night.
The time was 1:27 seconds into round nine.
Frampton, who seemed perturbed a few weeks ago by comments attributed to Jackson, boxed smartly in the opening stanza-countering his opponent with right hands. In round two he connected with body shots.
Jackson tried to fight back a little, but Frampton, with a speck of blood near his left eye, was in complete control.
He continued his dominance in round three-landing to the body and head. A uppercut snapped the head back of Jackson. A left-hand wobbled him, seconds later, a short combo landed.
In round four, Frampton (26-1, 15 KOs) landed two hard right hands to the head. Jackson (16-1, 7 KOs) was beating outclassed but there was quit in the Australian fighter.
He did land a right. Frampton made him pay later in the round with quick jabs and crisp rights. Jackson was busier in round five. His effort was good, but Frampton came on to win the round by connecting with various punches to the head and body.
Jackson, bleeding from the nose, connected with a good left to the face in round six. Frampton ignored the punch and forced Jackson into the ropes. He unleashed combinations.
The determined Jackson absorbed the blows and landed a hard shot to the chin. Frampton didn’t blink, and seconds later, connected with a sharp uppercut.
Frampton bounced and punched in round seven. Jackson was loading up with his left. Frampton walked forward and worked. He wasn’t concerned with Jackson’s power.
Jackson landed another right, but Frampton strafed him with combinations. A vicious body shot sent Jackson to his knees. The gutsy Aussie pulled himself up and tried to hang on. A big right staggered him at the bell.
Frampton coolly stalked Jackson in round nine. A minute into the round, Frampton hurt Jackson with a solid left to the belly. Jackson stumbled away and ate another right-which prompted his corner to throw in the towel.
With the victory, Frampton will likely face IBF champion Josh Warrington in November or December.
With WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder at ringside, Tyson Fury pitched a shutout in defeating Francesco Pianeta over 10 rounds at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland Saturday night.
Referee Steve Gray scored the fight 100-90.
The six-foot-nine-inch Fury (27-0, 19 KOs) used fast hands and feet to befuddle Pianeta in the first five rounds. He went to the body and head effectively.
Pianeta, a southpaw and slower than a stroll in the park, waded in and tried to land something. Fury jabbed and fired right hands.
Fury continued his dominance over Pianeta (35-5-1, 21 KOs) in the second half of the bout. Pianeta landed a glancing blow that had no effect. Fury switched to southpaw in round seven. He appeared to be trying to land something hard to stop Pianeta.
A blow to the body seemed to hurt Pianeta. The shot was on the beltline. Fury landed a couple of solid body shots in the round 10. Pianeta shook his head but had no clue how to hit Fury. The Belfast crowd let out a chorus of boos after the final bell rang.
“I was working on my boxing,” said Fury. “I was trying to get some rounds in.”
Fury will now face Wilder in November or December in Las Vegas,NV.