Carl Frampton to take on Luke Jackson at Windsor Park

Carl Frampton celebrates beating Nonito Donaire back in April. Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Carl Frampton will defend his WBO interim world featherweight title against unbeaten Olympian Luke Jackson at Belfast's Windsor Park on Aug 18.

Frampton (25-1, 14 KOs) has dreamed of fighting at Windsor Park, but the Northern Irishman knows he cannot afford to take the chance for granted against an opponent ranked No. 5 with the WBO.

"Jackson is an undefeated fighter and former Olympian with a very decent pedigree," Frampton said of his Australian opponent. "He comes with a lot to gain if he beats me. He's highly ranked with the WBO, and I expect a tough fight.

"Jackson has had plenty of notice to get himself into the best shape of his life, and he's entitled to put on a great performance. It's up to me to better his performance, and that's what I'm going to do -- Windsor Park deserves it. I want to do a proper job."

The plan for Frampton had been to take on Lee Selby at Windsor Park for the IBF featherweight title instead of Jackson, but that fight collapsed with the Welshman's defeat to Josh Warrington last month.

Now Frampton's attention will turn to earning a shot at WBO titlist Oscar Valdez before the end of the year.

On the undercard, Tyson Fury will continue his comeback against an opponent to be confirmed, while Paddy Barnes will have a crack at the WBC world flyweight title in just his sixth professional fight, as he takes on Cristofer Rosales.