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Frampton Admits a Loss To Donaire Could Mean End of Career

Carl Frampton believes a loss to Nonito Donaire could spell the end of his career.

The Belfast boxer steps into the ring this Saturday night against four-weight world champion Donaire in front of his home city fans at The SSE Arena in a colossal fight that can be watched live on BoxNation.

31-year-old Frampton, who has just one loss on his record in 25 fights, is looking to become a world champion again like the highly-respected Donaire and believes that a loss could mean the end for one of them.

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“Look at what he’s done in the ring and what’s he achieved. What I’ve done has been overshadowed by what he’s done. He’s a quality fighter and achieved a hell of a lot,” Frampton told iFL TV.

“He’s dangerous because I think we’re in a similar position maybe – last chance saloon – where a loss could be the end. I’m not thinking about that.

“I’ve done everything that’s been asked of me in training camp and I feel like it’s been a quality one,” he said.

Ulsterman Frampton also feels people are underestimating Donaire ahead of the fight but has insisted that he certainly isn’t one of them.

“I get the impression people are writing Donaire off [thinking he’s past it]. I’m not writing him off and that’s the important thing. I don’t think I can get carried away with that too much,” said Frampton.

“I’m preparing for the best Nonito Donaire there’s ever been. It’s been a long training camp. He’s had time to prepare and is a solid professional.

“I’m sure he’s done everything that’s asked of him in training like me. It’s going to be a good night,” he said.

Though he is aware that he must first get past the major test that ‘The Filipino Flash’ will set him this weekend, Frampton could potentially win the interim WBO belt and be set to face world champion Oscar Valdez next up.

“Valdez would be an unreal fight – it would be nothing but fireworks. That fight appeals to me at the minute,” he said.

“Leo Santa Cruz is fighting in June so that rules him out for an August fight. Hopefully we can do the third one at some point,” Frampton said.

Saturday’s massive evening of boxing also features WBO bantamweight champion Zolani Tete making the second defence of his title after his world record-breaking KO win in November against the experienced Argentine Omar Andres Narvaez.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Baltimore on 04-21-2018

It’s very strange to hear a guy who only lost once talk like this, especially considering he has also beat the guy before that gave him the loss. He does not sound too confident these past few weeks that’s for…

Comment by JcLazyX210 on 04-21-2018

[QUOTE=IlikeBikeTython;18689557]I personally don’t see how people have just dumped Donaire into the “washed up” category. Donaire has lost a step no doubt, he isn’t the same fighter that won FOTY once or maybe even twice I can’t remember, but with…

Comment by landotter on 04-21-2018

Frampton is just better at this stage. Hard to reason a way to a loss for him unless his heart is not in it. I think it is a smoke screen, and Frampton wins going away, I will give him…

Comment by Tatabanya on 04-21-2018

On the one hand, Frampton's words are reinforcing my hopes of an upset (on which I already bet). On the other, James DeGale was saying the same things a while back, then f*cking Caleb Truax decided not to punch in…

Comment by steeve steel on 04-20-2018

Looks like Frampton has had enough... He's been talking retirement for a while now. Not a good sigh. Next live dog will beat him... may not be Donaire, but... one left hook is all it takes.

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