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Interim featherweight titlist Carl Frampton (25-1, 14 KOs), 31, who will make his first defense in a homecoming fight at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Aug 18, will face Luke Jackson (16-0, 7 KOs), 33, the captain of the 2012 Australian Olympic team, promoter Frank Warren announced on Monday. “A lot of people will expect me to just beat him up and blow him away," Frampton said. “But he is an Olympian with a good pedigree and is undefeated, so I will need to be ready and in the shape of my life. It is a big occasion with being at Windsor Park.” Said Jackson: “My father told me I have Irish ancestors so I’m home. I’m a fan of Carl and he is humble. He is very good and I am going to have to be at my best. Carl doesn’t do anything great, but he is fundamentally sound and I am here to win. I am not here by luck. I roomed with Jeff Horn at London 2012 (Olympics) and to see him beat Manny Pacquiao gives me hope.” Besides the undercard featuring former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (26-0, 19 KOs) in the second fight of his comeback vs. a foe to be named, two-time Olympic bronze medalist Paddy Barnes (5-0, 1 KO), 31, also of Belfast, will go for a world title in his sixth pro fight against flyweight titlist Cristofer Rosales (27-3, 18 KOs), 23, of Nicaragua, who will make his first defense. “It is going to be an amazing night where I get to fight for a world title in my home city, so I cannot wait until it happens," Barnes said. “Rosales is good at what he does, but I feel I have the skill to outfight and outbox him. It will be a very, very hard fight though.”

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer3d ago

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Gennady Golovkin was awarded the Ring magazine pound-for-pound championship on Monday.

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Gennady Golovkin on why Canelo Alvarez doesn't want to do an HBO Faceoff with him before their rematch: "I think he cannot look into my eyes because he knows I'm telling the truth."

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer4d ago

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Serious Canelo shade at the GGG luncheon. VADA is the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.

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Errol Spence is all smiles at the post-fight news conference. Said he'll fight again this year. Next or not he wants the Danny Garcia vs. Shawn Porter fight. As for the KO of Ocampo he said, "Let's be honest. I did what I was supposed to do."

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer5d ago

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