Jackson Suffered Two Ruptured Eardrums In Loss to Frampton

By Keith Idec

Luke Jackson’s technical knockout defeat to Carl Frampton was even more painful than it looked.

The Australian featherweight contender revealed through his Instagram account Wednesday that he suffered a ruptured eardrum in each ear during his one-sided, ninth-round TKO loss to Frampton on Saturday night in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A recovering Jackson also posted a picture of his face, in which his right eye was swollen shut.

In a message that accompanied that gruesome image, Jackson wrote, “You don’t play boxing! Two perforated ear drums – left ear in round 3, right ear in round 6 and then the body shot in round 8. I wanted to finish the fight, but I respect my coach and my team’s decision. I’ll live to fight another day.”


Frampton (26-1, 15 KOs), who won the WBO interim featherweight title by beating Jackson on Saturday night, was by far the best opponent Jackson had faced during his five-year pro career. Jackson was unbeaten, but untested and unproven prior to facing Frampton in a fight that drew a capacity crowd of roughly 25,000 to Windsor Park, an outdoor soccer stadium in Frampton’s hometown.

The 31-year-old Frampton, who has lost only a majority decision to WBA “super” featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz, dominated Jackson (16-1, 9 KOs) before flooring with a left hook to the body in the eighth round. That resulted in the first knockdown of Jackson’s career.

The tough challenger got up and finished the eighth round, but his corner men threw in the towel to stop their scheduled 12-round, 126-pound title fight as Frampton continued to beat him up during the ninth round. Referee Terry O’Connor stopped the action at 1:21 of the ninth round.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by AdonisCreed on 08-22-2018

Luke should be mad at his handlers for making him think he could win. Now he's gotten his ears literally boxes off and now he's probably damaged goods from this point on!! Now how is he supposed to listen to…

Comment by AdonisCreed on 08-22-2018

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;19041062]Wyclef sing..."Someone please call 911..."[/QUOTE] Wow lol except I imagine Mike Epps singing it instead of Wyclef lol

Comment by Corelone on 08-22-2018

[QUOTE=sunny31;19041130]Whilst I agree Frampton has slowed down slightly, he should handle Warrington, probably one sidedly. I expect this fight to go like the Kiko fights with Frampton, competitive...tough rounds, but ultimately Frampton will win most of them. It should be…

Comment by My Low Place on 08-22-2018

an awful cherrypick gone wrong ...or gone right in frampton's case ...commissions need to clamp down and do their jobs 10-15 opponents for former champs or current champs or no fights ...there is an argument that this would limit…

Comment by crisantonio917 on 08-22-2018

Bogan Aussie BUM

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