By Steve Kim
It was reported last week that a possible bout between Carl Frampton and Nonito Donaire could be happening on April 7th in Belfast.
Frampton, who began this year by losing his WBA featherweight belt in his rematch versus Leo Santa Cruz at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in January, got a tougher-than-expected tussle against Horacio Garcia on November 18th, where he had to shake of a trip to the canvas in the seventh round before winning a ten-round verdict.
Frampton has revamped his entire team, by cutting ties with longtime promoter Barry McGuigan and trainer Shane McGuigan. He then signed on with Frank Warren as promoter and Jamie Moore as trainer.
Should this match-up of former super bantamweight and featherweight belt-holders come to fruition, Showtime would be interested in televising it.
"I think so," said the head of Showtime Sports, Stephen Espinoza to BoxingScene.com.
''It was announced right before the holidays so we didn't have any discussions about it but Donaire's always been very talented, very athletic and he has a couple of good wins under his belt. He's a big guy, he's a tall order for Carl Frampton regardless of his inactivity."
Donaire has also undergone changes to his team. He signed with Richard Schaefer's Ringstar Sports this year after a long run with Top Rank, and made his return by fighting Ruben Hernandez on September 23rd in San Antonio and scored a ten round decision.
It was Donaire's first bout since losing a close twelve round decision and his WBO super bantamweight crown to Jessie Magdaleno last year in Las Vegas.
Frampton-Donaire would be a pivotal battle between two accomplished veterans of the sport, with the winner surely falling in line for a world title opportunity.
"I think it's an intriguing fight and I would definitely be interested in that business," said Espinoza.
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com