CUMMINGS & MAXWELL ADDED TO HISTORIC WINDSOR PARK BILL


 
Conrad Cummings and Sam Maxwell will both be in action on the Windsor Park extravaganza headlined by Carl Frampton, Tyson Fury and Paddy Barnes.
 
Middleweight Cummings (13-2-1-KO6) will be eager to bounce back on a big stage after a European title defeat last time out while former Team GB super-lightweight Maxwell (8-0-KO6) bids to continue his flawless record.
 
Cummings said: “I’m honoured to be a part of this as it’s one of the biggest if not the biggest fight night Irish boxing will have ever seen.
 
“A lot of fighters would love to have the chance to be on this bill and I’m grateful to both MTK Global and Frank Warren.
 
“The whole night will be electric and Carl is finally getting to fulfil his dream. I took my eye off the ball last time but now I’m fully focused and driven to get back to it.”
 
Maxwell said: “I consider myself very lucky to be part of these events. I’ve got to thank MTK Global and Frank Warren. I can’t wait to fight on another huge night in Belfast.
 
“My last fight went the full distance. I proved to myself I can handle myself in a high-paced fight. I got the rounds in and was still feeling fresh at the end.
 
“It showed that not everyone I hit will be out of there. Some people will be able to take my shots and it’s a massive learning fight for me. I look forward to building after that reality check.”
 
An extraordinary night is topped by two-weight world champion Frampton facing unbeaten Olympian Luke Jackson, heavyweight king Tyson Fury taking on two-time world title challenger Francesco Pianeta and Paddy Barnes challenging Cristofer Rosales for the WBC world flyweight crown.
 
Joining Cummings and Maxwell on the undercard are Lewis Crocker, Keeler and Marco McCullough with several more fights to be announced in due course
 
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TYSON: “ALL BUSINESS IN BELFAST”


 
TYSON FURY HAS vowed to abide by team orders and keep it strictly business when he turns to the second chapter of his comeback story against Francesco Pianeta in Belfast on August 18.
 
The lineal world heavyweight champion took showboating to a new level in the first of his return bouts against Sefer Seferi at the Manchester Arena in June, first setting the mood for the evening by planting a smacker on the equally game for a laugh Albanian.
 
Tyson now reveals that, for his duel with former world title challenger Pianeta, his trainer Ben Davison wants him to have his serious head on and not play to the expected sell-out crowd at Windsor Park, which also plays host to Carl Frampton defending his WBO world interim featherweight title against Luke Jackson as well as the WBC world flyweight title challenge of Paddy Barnes to the champion Cristofer Rosales.
 
“We saw the joker in the last camp, we saw the showman, the entertainer,” explained the 29-year-old.
 
“Ben wants a serious approach this time and that is what he’ll get.
 
“All business in Belfast!
 
“Everything is great, but if he wants me to be serious about this fight then I will be serious,” added Tyson, who reflected that he doesn’t have much of a track record when it comes to playing it straight.
 
“I’m not serious about anything in my whole life, everything is like fun and games – even Klitschko. I wasn’t serious – I was doing all dance moves, everything.
 
“But listen, if Ben wants serious, Ben will get serious. I’ll go in there and do my job and that’s it.
 
“I won’t even smile once!”
 
Frank Warren echoes the thoughts of trainer Davison and the Hall of Fame promoter believes Tyson is more likely to stick to the script because of the more perilous nature of the assignment this time around.
 
“I don’t believe we will have him playing up to the crowd on this occasion because he will need to be more business-like in a riskier fight and also because of his desire to start putting a marker down once again in the heavyweight division.”
 
Also featuring in undercard combat is a cracking Belfast v Dublin clash between Steven Ward and Steve Collins Jr. Lewis Crocker, WBO European middleweight champion Luke Keeler and Marco McCullough are also in action.
 
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BARNES: ROSALES WIN WILL DEFINE MY BOXING CAREER


 
PADDY BARNES believes his place in Irish boxing history depends on the outcome of his make-or-break world title challenge next month.
 
Barnes is one of his country’s greatest ever amateur boxers, but is willing to risk his reputation when he faces WBC flyweight champion Cristofer Rosales at Windsor Park, Belfast on Saturday August 18, live on BT Sport.
 
The Irishman’s amateur stash includes bronze medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, he struck gold at the Commonwealth games in 2010 and 2014, and was 2010 European amateur champion.
 
But the 5ft 4in all-action star insists: “This is the night that defines my boxing career.
 
“There were great achievements as an amateur including Olympic bronze medals, but that is only third place in the world which is great.
 
“To be the best in the world at your weight, WBC world champion is definitely the one to win.
 
“I did great as an amateur, and people will remember me for what I achieved but a world professional title is what I really want.
 
“I ticked the boxes as an amateur and I want to do the same as a professional.
 
“I would swap everything I did as an amateur to win this fight.”
 
Unbeaten Barnes, 31, will only be having his sixth professional fight when he challenges Nicaraguan Rosales (27-3) in front of more than 20,000 fans.
 
No stone will be left unturned and Barnes has moved from the family home in Belfast to Glasgow for a training camp under Danny Vaughan ahead of the biggest night of his fighting life.
 
He added: “Even now I am away from home preparing, but it makes no difference. When I was an amateur my training camps were in Dublin.
 
“I have been doing this since I was 16 years old. It is a bit harder now because I have two kids, but hopefully it will be worth it in the end.”
 
Barnes is bringing in sparring partners from Mexico and the United States, after initial plans to spar with IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington fell through.
 
Warrington is lined up to face Windsor Park headline act, Carl Frampton later this year and Barnes says: “Josh would have been ideal sparring.
 
“That would have been a great spar, but he is probably be a bit too heavy at the minute because he is a featherweight and will be weighing over that right now.
 
“I would have loved to spar him because he is such a great fighter.”
 
WBO ‘interim’ featherweight champion Frampton faces Australian challenger Luke Jackson on the huge night of action on Hall of Fame promoter, Frank Warren’s show.
 
Lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is back for his second fight on the comeback trail and faces former two-time world title challenger Francesco Pianeta.
 
Among the undercard action is a cracking Belfast v Dublin clash between Steven Ward and Steve Collins Jr. Lewis Crocker, WBO European middleweight champion Luke Keeler and Marco McCullough are also in action.
 
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FRAMPTON/FURY/BARNES TICKETS ON SALE NOW


 

TICKETS are now on sale for boxing’s summer sizzler at Belfast’s Windsor Park on Saturday 18th August starring Carl Frampton, Tyson Fury and Paddy Barnes.
 
Frampton will defend his ‘interim’ WBO world featherweight title against Australian Luke Jackson, who is ranked fifth in the world.
 
It is a huge occasion for Frampton and he hopes victory will set-up a showdown with IBF champion Josh Warrington.
 
Lineal World Heavyweight Champion Fury will box a non-title ten rounder in his second comeback fight and is on a mission to conquer the world.
 
Frampton’s close friend Barnes will challenge for the WBC World Flyweight title in just his sixth professional contest when he faces champion Cristofer Rosales, who will making his first defence.
 
A talent stacked undercard will be announced by promoter Frank Warren in the coming weeks featuring some of the big names and emerging stars in world boxing.
 
Don’t miss out on your chance to get your hands on the hottest tickets in boxing before they sell out.
 
Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.ie. priced at £40, £50, £80, £100, £120, £150, £250, £400 (includes hospitality).
 
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BARNES BOOKS DREAM WORLD TITLE SHOT AT WINDSOR PARK


 
Triple Olympian Paddy Barnes will challenge Cristofer Rosales for the WBC World Flyweight Title on the undercard of Carl Frampton v Luke Jackson at Windsor Park on August 18.
 
Barnes (5-0-KO1), who has two Olympic bronze medals to his name, will enjoy home support in Belfast as he bids to conquer the world in just his sixth bout as a professional.
 
Nicaragua’s Rosales (27-3-KO18) has been outpointed by Kal Yafai and Andrew Selby in the past but won the WBC crown with a stunning ninth-round stoppage of Daigo Higa back in April.
 
Barnes said: “I’m extremely excited. I’ve been boxing for 20 years and I made history by becoming a two-time Olympic medallist. Now I can become a world champion early in my pro career and make more history.
 
“My last fight was back in November but I’ve been in training camp since January as the original plan was to fight in March. It’s been frustrating but I always have faith in MTK Global and they’ve delivered.
 
“As for Rosales, he’s on a knockout streak so I know he can punch but he’s also a very good boxer. I think our styles will gel perfectly and the fans are in for a real war.
 
“He’s only lost three times to high-class opponents like Kal Yafai and Andrew Selby. Yafai outmuscled him and Selby outboxed him. I’m hoping I can do a bit of both.
 
“The atmosphere on the night will be absolutely incredible. Belfast as a city is full of knowledgeable boxing fans and they’ll get behind me against a very good world champion.
 
“I’ve fought all around the world in massive arenas and I loved it every time. This one will be extra special as it’s in my home city. I won’t be fazed by it – it will inspire me.”
 
A red letter night of boxing includes WBO interim world featherweight champion Carl Frampton – also from Belfast – clashing with the unbeaten Luke Jackson, with lineal world heavyweight king Tyson Fury starring on the bill.

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WINDSOR PARK, BELFAST PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES


 
Carl Frampton will defend his ‘interim’ WBO world featherweight title against unbeaten Australian Luke Jackson at Windsor Park, Belfast on Saturday August 18, fulfilling a dream to fight at the famous football stadium.
 
Lineal World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury will box a non-title ten rounder in his second comeback fight on a mission to conquer the world once again. Paddy Barnes will challenge for the WBC World Flyweight title in just his sixth professional contest when he faces champion Cristofer Rosales.
 
The Nicaraguan will be making the first defence of his title he captured in April with a stunning upset win against Daigo Higa.
 
Promoter Frank Warren today announced the stunning bill that will televised live on BT Sport at a packed press conference held at Windsor Park.
 
Tickets on sale Friday from www.ticketmaster.ie. Price at £40, £50, £80, £100, £120, £150, £250, £400 (includes hospitality).
 
CARL FRAMPTON
 
“I thought last year Windsor Park had passed but Frank and the Irish Football Association have done a great job.
 
“I come here and watch the football team and the atmosphere cannot be beaten anywhere in the world. Its like 80,000 fans giving you support.
 
“I respect any opponent especially when they are coming to Windsor Park. “There are bigger fights but I cannot overlook Luke. Windsor Park need me to put on a big performance.
 
“Luke is an Olympian, an undefeated fighter and this can change his life if he beats me in a fight of this magnitude.
 
“This is a tougher fight than Scott Quigg who is just looking for a payday.”
 
“I genuinely think I am better than three years ago and even big Tyson Fury wouldn’t beat me at Windsor Park.”
 
“To have Tyson on the undercard and Paddy in a world title fight is something else.”
 
LUKE 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.
 
“It has taken 16 years and got here through hard work and dedication.”
 
“I roomed with Jeff Horn at London 2012 and to see him beat Manny Pacquiao gives me hope and I have this massive opportunity.
 
“My life will change overnight if I win. I have been proving people wrong for a long time and I am ready to do it again.”
 
“I have been pretty vocal that I wanted Oscar Valdez, but this is even better. This is why we do it.”
 
TYSON FURY
 
“This will be my fourth time boxing in Belfast and I cannot wait.”
 
“Seferi was 23-1 but as soon as I clipped him he didn’t want to know. I can’t complain. I am still good looking.
 
“I hope we get someone who will punch me in the face, bust my face, bust my nose and I can show them.”
 
“I am still hoping for four fights this year.”

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FRAMPTONS’ WINDSOR DREAM COMES TRUE


 
Carl Frampton will realise a career-long dream when he defends his WBO Interim World Featherweight Title against Luke Jackson on the pitch at Windsor Park, Belfast, on August 18, on a card that also features Paddy Barnes challenging for the WBC World Flyweight title and the second fight of Tyson Fury on the comeback trail.
 
The 31-year-old two-weight world champion Frampton, who rolled back the years with a memorising performance to win the WBO belt against Nonito Donaire last time out at the SSE Arena in April, takes on the unbeaten Australian from Hobart in a bid to keep his ambitions to once again rule the featherweight roost on track.
 
The 33-year-old Jackson, 16-0, is the holder of the WBO Oriental Title, having previously held the WBA Oceania belt. He also captained the Australian boxing team at the 2012 London Olympics and won Commonwealth Games bronze in 2006.
 
Frampton acknowledges his challenger could be deemed something of an unknown quantity to fight fans in the Northern Hemisphere, but will in no way take victory on the night for granted.
 
“He is and I think a lot of people will expect to just to beat him up and blow him away,” commented Belfast’s favourite fighting son. “But he is ranked No.4 by the WBO, 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 and that is the real thing here. I think that people who are coming to watch me perform at Windsor Park deserve for me to be in the shape of my life and put on a good show.
 
“That is what I intend to do and then move on and hopefully fight for a world title before the end of the year.
 
“I imagine some people will have been expecting a different opponent, but the fact I am not fighting a world champion is the fault of nobody. Josh Warrington beating Lee Selby sort of threw a spanner in the works for us because I think Selby would’ve come to Belfast.
 
“Oscar Valdez is out injured, Gary Russell has just fought and Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares also just fought. That’s it really; the top guys just aren’t available. It is good for me to get a defence in here.
 
“This is a dream for me and it is something I have talked about for a long time. You never know what happens in this game, it could be the one and only time I get to fight at Windsor Park.
 
“It is going to be a special occasion for myself and my family. For the people who are going to come and watch it there is going to be a top quality undercard as well and I think it will be a night to remember for Belfast.
 
“There was talk of waiting, but I wanted to do it because opportunities like this don’t come around too often. It is a dream of mine, I wanted to do it and that is the be all and end all.”
 
Hall of Fame promoter, Frank Warren, added: “We are delivering on a promise I made to Carl to ensure his dream of fighting at Windsor Park becomes a reality.
 
“The world title challenge we envisaged we unfortunately could not bring to fruition at this time but Carl is up against a hungry, unbeaten challenger in Luke Jackson who, as I often say, will not be coming to just make up the numbers.
 
“World title shots will come again soon enough for Carl and we have the IBF champion Josh Warrington waiting in the wings for a huge fight not too far down the line. Carl will also remain in pole position to challenge the WBO full champion Oscar Valdez when he returns from injury, should he overcome Jackson.
 
“Carl, as ever, will always be the focal point of a fight night in Belfast, but we are also planning a huge card for the Belfast public to feast their eyes on and two major attractions we have already confirmed is Tyson Fury making his fourth appearance in the city in his second fight of his comeback, as well as Paddy Barnes attempting to achieve the remarkable feat of winning a world title in just his sixth professional fight.
 
“It is certain to be a special night and I am sure Windsor Park will be packed to the rafters creating an atmosphere we have never heard the like of before.”
 
Barnes challenges for the WBC World Flyweight title against the Nicaraguan Cristofer Rosales, 27-3, who claimed the belt in a huge upset win over the previously unbeaten Japanese Daigo Higa in April, with a ninth round stoppage in Yokahoma.
 
“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,” said the 31-year-old two-time Olympic medallist.
 
“The fact it is for the WBC title means even more, the green belt is the best one in boxing so it makes it even more special.
 
“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.
 
“People will talk about me fighting for a world title after just six fights, but I don’t view it as a gamble because of my history as an amateur.
 
“As a professional, right from the offset, I said that I wanted to create history because we already have world champions in Belfast. So for me to stand out I need to create history by doing it the quickest.
 
“I don’t think winning a world title after six fights will ever be matched again here.”
 
Tickets will be on sale on Friday 22nd June via Ticketmaster.ie
 
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