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Ahead of his WBO interim World Title fight, featherweight boxer Luke “Action” Jackson has partnered with Wrest Point in a two year deal that could see further boxing events held in Hobart.
Jackson fought and won in a sell-out bout against Surachet Thongmala in the Tasman Room in April, opening the doors to the world title call-up.
In his new ambassadorial role, Jackson is set to be a familiar face, making guest appearances and wearing Wrest Point insignia on his competition kit.
The World Title fight against Northern Ireland’s Carl Frampton will be held in Belfast at Windsor Park on 18 August and will be broadcast at Wrest Point. Making headlines worldwide, the underdog Tasmanian is in an intensive training camp in Sydney leading up to the bout.
“As a fighter he doesn’t do anything great but he does everything very, very well. I’m going to have to be at my best.” Jackson said.
Frampton’s response was swift.
“Jackson is someone who I’m expected to beat and the bookies have me a big favourite but I don’t pay too much attention to that,” he said.
“If he beats me, it changes his life forever and he becomes a big name in world boxing so it’s up to me not to allow that to happen.”
Jackson currently has a 16-0 professional win-loss record. The 33 year old Hobart born boxer is the current title holder of the WBA Oceania, WBO Oriental and Australian Featherweight titles. He has represented Australia at the 2006 Melbourne and 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games and the 2012 Olympics.