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A win over Nonito Donaire could put Carl Frampton in line for TWO world titles

If Carl Frampton [24(14)-1(0)] can defeat Nonito Donaire on April 21st in Belfast he could move to the top of the queue for TWO world titles.

The Belfast featherweight will take over the SSE Odyssey Arena once again when he takes on four-weight champion Donaire, live on BT Sport and BoxNation, and Frampton revealed an interesting little tidbit at today’s opening press conference.

The non-title twelve-rounder had previously been seen as something of a de-facto world title final eliminator for Frampton.

IBF champion Lee Selby is set to make a mandatory defence against Josh Warrington in Leeds the following month and promoter Frank Warren, who works with all three, has continually stated his intention to match the winner of the title fight with Frampton should he overcome Donaire.

However, there is also another potential route to titles for Frampton as it has emerged that Warren is attempting to make ‘The Jackal’s’ bout with Donaire [38(24)-4(1)] an official WBO world title final eliminator.

WBO champion Oscar Valdez, a gym mate of Mick Conlan, defends his belt against former Frampton for Scott Quigg on March 10th in California and Warren, who is extremely influential with the organisation, is hoping to get involved.

Frampton is currently ranked #4 with the WBO (and #3 the IBF), while Donaire is unranked by both.

Speaking at the Europa Hotel, Frampton outlined how “there is a lot on the line. I spoke to Frank Warren – and he’s talking about trying to make this fight a final eliminator for the WBO as well, that another option. Obviously, Selby and Warrington can happen, we’re all with the same team. Quigg-Valdez, the winner of that potentially as well.

“But there’s only one fight I’m focused on at the minute and if I don’t win this fight, these things can’t happen.”


Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie