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Former world champion reveals Frampton talks

Carl Frampton [24(14)-1(0)] looks set to return to the ring around April time ahead of a big Windsor date in the Summer.

‘The Jackal’s’ return to world title action seems likely for the big stadium fight, but he could find himself in with a massive name beforehand.

Frampton’s second fight date under new promoter Frank Warren will see him attempt to build on a points win over Horacio Garcia earlier this month, and a former pound-for-pound star has revealed that he is in talks to take on the Belfast featherweight.

Four-weight world champion Nonito Donaire [38(24)-4(1)] has claimed that negotiations are currently ongoing between his team and Frampton’s people, and the Filipino star is up for the fight.

Donaire last night on Twitter addressed Frampton regarding the talks.

30 year old Frampton, who is currently en-route to Kenya for charity work with Trócaire, responded positively.

35 year old Donaire last held the WBO super bantamweight title, losing it to Jessie Magdaleno last year. He would move up and, in his return bout this September, outpointed Ruben Garcia Hernandez for the WBC silver title at 126lbs.

The fight with Hernandez was his first since parting company with Top Rank – which is assumed to be the ‘obstacle,’ with the promotional outfit not working well with Frampton’s U.S. advisor Al Haymon.

A bout between the pair has been frequently suggested over the past three years and, while Donaire may be somewhat past his prime, the South East Asian remains a big name and a fan-friendly fighter.

Other names which have circulated for Frampton’s next fight, which will most likely take place at the SSE Odyssey Arena, include domestic rivals Kid Galahad and Scott Quigg – however Donaire would seem to be a more enticing option for the Ulsterman.


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