By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
CARL FRAMPTON has promised to prove the doubters wrong when he faces Nonito Donaire on April 21.
The former two-weight world champion takes on the ‘Filipino Flash’ in a cracking featherweight clash at Belfast’s SSE Arena.
Frampton, 30, was criticised for his performance in his win over Mexican Horacio Garcia in November.
But the Northern Irishman is not overly concerned about those “in their mother’s front bedroom on a laptop” questioning his display.
He said: “I think some boxing fans are very fickle.
“I've probably been doubted more than I've ever been by some people but this will answer a lot of questions and will prove to people that I've still got a lot to give.
“It does annoy you a bit. I'm only human but when you think about it rationally, the people that are criticisng are sitting in their mum's front bedroom giving you grief on a laptop.
“So it doesn't really matter what they think. I've done a lot in my career and I hope to be able to do a lot more.”
Frampton, who split with manager Barry McGuigan and trainer Shane McGuigan last year, will be having his second fight with new coach Jamie Moore and promoter Frank Warren.
The Belfast-born featherweight is hoping a win over former four-weight champion Donaire secures a world title shot for the summer with a date at Windsor Park, the home of Northern Irish football, pencilled in for this summer.
Frampton will either face the winner of IBF champion Lee Selby against Josh Warrington or could even get a crack at the victor between former foe Scott Quigg and WBO title holder Oscar Valdez, who meet on March 10.
“I spoke to Frank Warren and he wants to make this fight a final eliminator for the WBO. Quigg or Valdez, the winner of that potentially. Selby and Warrington can happen.
“These things are all in the future but there's only one guy on my mind at the minute and that is Nonito Donaire.
“I desperately want to win this fight because I can see the carrot of Windsor Park dangling in front of me.
“I'm going to do everything to make sure I'm ready to put in the performance of my career, which may be needed to win this fight.”