According to promoter Frank Warren, former world champion Carl Frampton’s next fight will be in Belfast on April 7.
And the opponent being discussed at the moment is former four division world champion Nonito Donaire.
Frampton (24-1, 14 KOs) recently made his comeback with a ten round unanimous decision win over Horacio Garcia at the SSE Arena in Belfast on November 18th. It was Frampton first bout since suffering his first career defeat, when he dropped the WBA featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in late January.
Frampton, as part of his managerial deal with Al Haymon, has fought his four prior bouts outside of Belfast - with three taking place in the United States - but during that time he solidified his place among the elite with wins over Scott Quigg and Santa Cruz in their first encounter.
With IBF featherweight Lee Selby poised to defend his title against mandatory title challenger Josh Warrington in March, the two fights could set up a big showdown between the winners on a date in the summer - likely in Windsor Park.
Frampton's last fight was his first with new trainer, Jamie Moore and the first bout of his promotional deal with Warren. The Irish boxer parted ways earlier this year with promoter Barry McGuigan and trainer Shane McGuigan.
Donaire (38-4, 24 KOs) returned to the ring back in September when he dominated Ruben Hernandez over ten rounds for the WBC silver featherweight title. It was his first bout since suffering a decision loss to Jessie Magdanelo last fall at the super bantamweight limit. The loss snapped a four fight winning streak that Donaire built up after suffering a knockout loss to Nicholas Walters.
The bout was also Donaire's first bout since parting ways with Top Rank and signing a promotional pact with Richard Schaefer's Ringstar Sports.