Carl Frampton vs. Nonito Donaire To Land on April 21, SSE Arena

According to officials from the SSE Arena in Belfast, former world champion Carl Frampton (24-1, 14 KOs) will take on former four-weight world champion Nonito Donaire on the date of April 21.

Frampton's promoter, Frank Warren, had previously stated at a press conference in December that Frampton's fight with Donaire would take place on April 7.

The SSE Arena Belfast announced on Friday that the fight would take place on April 21 and tickets were scheduled to go on sale on January 11.


Frampton started off 2017 with a twelve round decision loss to Leo Santa Cruz at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Months after that defeat, Frampton changed everything around in his career.

He parted ways with longtime promoter/manager Barry McGuigan and also dropped trainer Shane McGuigan. Then he signed a promotional deal with Frank Warren and a managerial deal with MTK.

Frampton went back to action in November, and had a tougher than expected time in defeating Horacio Garcia on pace to a points victory.

Donaire (38-4, 24KOs), 35-years-old, has won world belts in the flyweight, bantamweight, super bantamweight and featherweight divisions and was at one considered to be among the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport.

Donaire has won five of his last six fights, and jumped around a bit between 122 and 126. After getting knocked out by Nicholas Walters in October 2014, Donaire returned to super bantamweight and eventually captured the WBO world title in a wild war with Cesar Juarez in December of 2015.

In November 2016, Donaire lost a twelve round decision, and his WBO belt, to Jessie Magdaleno, in a close pitched fight on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas card in Las Vegas.

Donaire then parted ways with longtime promoter Top Rank and signed on with Richard Schaefer of Ringstar Sports. He made his return to the ring back in September 2017, and won a ten round unanimous decision over Ruben Hernandez in September at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MisterDeclanCor on 01-27-2018

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Comment by Andre_parker1 on 01-08-2018

should be an awesome fight.. but I ask does donaire want it because he feels he can win or just another cash grab..whichever.. this is a good fight for frampton..I got frampton hopefully ring rust has been shaken off

Comment by TJ highway on 01-06-2018

I like this fight! But you never know perhaps "The Filipino Flash" still has some flash in him. What I'd really like to see is Frampton vs Santa Cruz III.

Comment by R_Walken on 01-06-2018

Like the fight, Donaires a credible name who still has a little bit of gas in the tank and a good scalp on the resume If/ when he wins it'll set up a big domestic fight with the winner of…

Comment by Lester Tutor on 01-06-2018

[QUOTE=Redd Foxx;18384935]I really l don't like this at all. Frampton should be fighting top comp. I don't know where Donaire ranks but he's been faded for a long time now and is clearly not someone Carl should be fighting. To…

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