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Carl Frampton feels he can match The Filipino Flash’s punching power

Carl Frampton claims he packs a powerful a punch as Nonito Donaire.

35-year-old Donaire is known for his big left hook and has 24 of his 38 wins have been taken out of the judges’ hands, with eight of those stoppages coming in world title fights. Indeed Belfast featherweight Frampton has admitted that the Filipino four-weight world champion gives him an added fear-factor going into the bout.

However, Frampton – who himself has 14 shortcut wins from 25 fights – believes he can be equally as dangerous with his fist when the two former Fighters of the Year meet in a mouth-watering match-up set for the SSE Odyssey Arena on Saturday April 21st.

‘The Jackal’ admits he will have to respect the ‘Filipino Flash’s’ power come fight night, but believes he is the naturally bigger man and warns he too can do damage with eight-ounce gloves on.

“He’s still dangerous. He’s definitely a big puncher and it’s something I need to be cautious about,” Frampton told BoxNation.

“I always say the last thing to go from a fighter is his punching power. But he’s been as low down as Super-Flyweight. I feel I’m the bigger man. I believe he’s a puncher but I believe I can punch equally as hard,” argued Frampton.

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With all the champions at the weight tied up in fights, Frampton believes he has been given the best possible opponent available.

Donaire has been billed as ‘the biggest name to come to Belfast’ and the fight has certainly grabbed public attention.

However, the clash is much more than merely a meeting of two talented names and both participants claim it’s make-or-break and that another chance to fight for a World title is at stake.

“I don’t think there’s a better fight out there in the division. Any other day this would be a World Title fight,” said Frampton, who turns 31 this month.

“It’s a must win for both of us. He’s in a similar position to me. The winner of this fight certainly goes on to fight for a World Title, no doubt in my mind about it. I want to make sure that’s me.”



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