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Carl Frampton to face former four-weight world champion on home soil next year

35-year-old Nonito Donaire has been named as ‘The Jackal’s’ next opponent.

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CARL FRAMPTON WILL face former four-weight world champion Nonito Donaire in a Belfast bout on 7 April, according to Frampton’s fight promoter Frank Warren.

Speaking at the press conference for the homecoming of WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders in London, Irish quotes Warren as saying the upcoming fight is a ‘done deal.’

‘The Jackal’ comes into this bout on the back of a restorative victory over Horacio Garcia at Belfast’s SSE Arena last month. The unanimous decision win brought Frampton back to winning ways following a turbulent 2017, and sets him on his way to a challenge for the world belt next summer.

The former two-weight world champion lost his WBA featherweight title in a rematch against Leo Santa Cruz in January, a defeat which was followed by the cancellation of a scheduled bout against Andres Gutierrez in August.

Frampton failed to make the weight for that fight by 1lb and Gutierrez was unable to fight after he slipped in the shower and sustained facial injuries.

35-year-old Donaire has won seven world titles throughout a 17-year career. 

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