HE shared the ring with some of the greats and brought the boxing public out in force any time he laced up gloves, but sadly Ray Heaney lost his biggest fight last week after a long battle with dementia.
AN IBF featherweight title rumble with Josh Warrington, probably at Manchester’s MEN Arena and definitely before the end of this year is up next for Carl Frampton after he demolished Australian hopeful Luke Jackson at Windsor Park on Saturday night.
Welterweight: Lewis Crocker (6-0) v William Warburton (26-137-10) (TV Floater) LAST time Crocker appeared on a Frampton bill he nodded off in the changing-rooms as he waited for his slot as the ‘TV floater’.
Interim WBO Featherweight Title: Carl Frampton (25-1) v Luke Jackson (16-0) (tonight, Windsor Park, 10pm, live on BT Sport) RUMOUR has it that when Luke Jackson checked into his Belfast hotel, the chirpy receptionist enquired: “Are you over for the fight?” He could have answered: “Well, actually I am the fight,”, but he’s happy to fly under the radar knowing that if he shocks a packed Windsor Park tonight he’ll be recognised wherever he goes.
WITH WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder barking smiling threats from the side of the stage, Tyson Fury weighed in for tonight’s Windsor Park rumble vowing to get “serious” against Francesco Pianeta.
THROUGHOUT his stellar amateur and professional career Paddy Barnes has earned the reputation as a non-stop pressure fighter – yet Cristofer Rosales has urged the north Belfast man not to run away “like a wee chicken” when they face off tomorrow night.