It was a dream for Carl Frampton to fight at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in front of a hometown crowd.

He showed just how much it meant as he put on a spectacular performance to defeat Luke Jackson by TKO at 1:21 of the ninth round to retain the interim WBO featherweight championship.

Frampton controlled throughout the scheduled 12-round affair. Instead of coming out for a slugfest, Frampton came out boxing, which confused Jackson.

As each round passed, Frampton applied more and more pressure by going to the body.

Carl Frampton [left] controlling the ship
Carl Frampton [left] controlling the ship
The continuous shots took their toll on Jackson and it was only a matter of time before they became too much for him.

Near the end of the eighth round, Frampton connected on a vicious left hook to the body to send Jackson crumbling to the mat. To his credit, Jackson got up and survived the remainder of the round.

Frampton came out to begin the ninth like a man on a mission, realizing one more body shot would likely finish Jackson. He blasted Jackson with a right to the body followed by a combination and another right hand.

Knowing Jackson could no longer take any punishment, his corner threw in the towel and the fight was stopped.

Frampton (26-1, 15 KOs) has won three consecutive fights and earned his first stoppage at featherweight.

Source: SN