Carl Frampton plans August fight at Windsor Park after defeating Nonito Donaire

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Hot on the heels of his unanimous decision win over former four-division world champion Nonito Donaire 38-5 (24), Carl “The Jackal” Frampton 25-1 (14) is looking forward to his next assignment at Northern Ireland’s national football stadium in the summer.

“The only thing on my mind at the minute is Windsor Park and I can’t wait to get there,” Frampton, who has won world titles at 122- and 126-pounds, told BT Sport. “Everyone knows how excited I am, I can’t wait for it. There’s no man on this planet at featherweight that’s going to beat me at Windsor Park.”

The Belfast boxer’s promoter Frank Warren confirmed that he is aiming for an August return to the ring for Frampton against an opponent to be determined in the next month or so.

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The 31-year-old Frampton put on a good showing against the experienced Donaire, who has won titles from flyweight through to featherweight.

Frampton started fast to dominate the early rounds, but Donaire was always dangerous throughout the bout. In the fourth Frampton backed Donaire to the ropes and got the better of the exchanges, but Donaire landed some good left uppercuts in the fifth. The same punch appeared to hurt the hometown fighter in the seventh, but Frampton took over in the eighth, ninth and tenth rounds to give the SSE Arena crowd in Belfast something to cheer about.

In true veteran style, Donaire came out strong in the eleventh round, landing some crushing left hooks to Frampton’s chin to let him know he would have to fight until the final bell, although Frmapton admitted afterwards that he shouldn’t have traded with the 35-year-old Filipino-American.

“I didn’t have to get involved in a fight there. Nonito Donaire is dangerous,” said Frampton.

“He was a sharp puncher throughout. In the 11th round I was definitely hurt, I’m not going to deny it, but I survived it and that’s what champions do, they survive.”

With the win Frampton claims the interim WBO featherweight title. A fight between Frampton and full WBO champion Oscar Valdez of Mexico, who had his jaw broken in his last fight against Scott Quigg, would be a natural.


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