Carl Frampton vs. Nonito Donaire Fight Preview and Event Details

Northern Ireland’s all-time greatest boxer is back on our screens this weekend in a fierce contest against Filipino former four-weight world champion Nonito Donaire. The fight is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 21st April at the SSE Arena, Belfast.

Frampton, who is also a former title-holder in this featherweight division, is hoping to bounce back from defeat by Leo Santa Cruz last January. He’s been absent from the sport for almost six months and reports are circulating that he’s been moving well and looking up to scratch in camp.

Meanwhile other British prospects Selby and Warrington are going at it next month, one of whom will edge closer to a grudge match with Frampton. But let’s not right off the chances of the visiting Donaire who has demonstrated a high calibre of boxing skills against the likes of Rigondeaux and Juarez in previous outings.

Carl Frampton recent fight form

The Northern Ireland boxer will welcome a refreshing change to the usual line-up of Mexican opponents he’s been used to squaring off against. Four of his last five encounters have hailed from Central America, one of which being Leo Santa Cruz, the only man to have stopped Frampton in his otherwise spotless boxing career. The Jackal has made a bit of a name for himself as a 12-round specialist; his last stoppage came as far back as 2015 against American Chris Avalos.

 

Result

Opponent

Outcome

Date

Location

Win Horacio García UD 18-Nov-17 United Kingdom SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Loss Léo Santa Cruz MD 28-Jan-17 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US
Win Léo Santa Cruz MD 30-Jul-16 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US
Win Kingdom Scott Quigg SD 27-Feb-16 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
Win Alejandro González Jr. UD 18-Jul-15 United States Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas, US

Watch video highlights of Carl Frampton facing off against Leo Santa Cruz

 

Nonito Donaire recent fight form

Two-time knockout of the year artist Donaire has lived up to his name in recent fights. Two of his last five contests have ended in a stoppage, Bedák and Settoul on the receiving end of the swift punishment. The Philippine professional can also go the distance as shown in his duels with Juarez, Magdaleno and Hernandez. Donaire.’s record proves he is comfortable challenging on any continent, and although this is his first appearance on UK shores experience is likely to carry him well.

 

Result

Opponent

Type

Date

Location

Win Ruben Garcia Hernandez UD Sep 23, 2017 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Loss Jessie Magdaleno UD Nov 5, 2016 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
Win Zsolt Bedák TKO Apr 23, 2016 Philippines Sports Complex, Cebu City, Philippines
Win Cesar Juarez UD Dec 11, 2015 Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win Anthony Settoul TKO Jul 18, 2015 Macau Cotai Arena, Macau, SAR

Watch the video highlights of Donaire vs. Hernandez

How to watch Frampton vs. Donaire

The bout is being broadcast live on UK digital television platforms BT Sport and Box Nation from 7.30pm. Both channels will cover the full main event including under card fights, which features a host of home-grown prospects looking to impress on this flagship boxing event.

 

Frampton vs. Donaire prediction

Donaire is no slouch and travels with bags of ring experience. The Philippino Flash is positioned as the underdog for this encounter, largely due to Frampton’s reputation as the second best active fighter in the featherweight division, not to mention him fighting on home turf. At 35 years of age, Donaire also has the older legs of the two.

We’re backing the boy from Belfast to put on a show this Saturday and win convincingly. Rather than leave the SSE Arena with a KO, we see him taking at least 6-7 rounds on the judges’ scorecards. If this prediction rings true then we expect Frampton at the very least to call out Santa Cruz for a long-overdue trilogy for late 2018.

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