Belfast Telegraph

Nonito may have lost to Frampton but he's still a big hit with fans

By Jane Scott and David Young

Carl Frampton says he "can't wait" to fulfil his long-held ambition of competing in a world title fight at Windsor Park this August.

Fresh from seeing off 'Filipino Flash' Nonito Donaire at the SSE Arena, the Tiger's Bay boxer says the only thing on his mind now is his next appearance in the ring later this summer.

Looking ahead, Frampton believes he's unbeatable: "Everyone knows how excited I am, I can't wait for it.

"There's not a man on this planet at featherweight that's going to beat me at Windsor Park."

Speaking from the ring after Saturday's fight, his promoter Frank Warren also confirmed their upcoming plans:

"We're going to Windsor Park," he said.

"We're going to be there in August. All the bits will fall into place as regards who the opponent is in the next month or so. Windsor Park is the next one. We promised it to Carl and we'll deliver."

Afterwards, Frampton tweeted his Filipino opponent, describing him as "a warrior, legend and now friend for life", adding: "Thank you for sharing the ring with me."

The pair were also filmed embracing at the post fight press conference with Frampton's proud wife Christine among those retweeting the video along with the message: "After war does come peace."

Last night Nonito showed his class as he invited fans for a farewell drink with him at Belfast's famous Crown Bar.

The fun-loving Filipino tweeted a pic of himself wearing a comedy leprechaun outfit complete with ginger chinstrap beard as he invited fans to the historic bar,

And the fighter was mobbed by fans when he arrived - among them three young boxing brothers from Lisburn, Bryce, Leland and Cayden Collins.

Bryce (14) said the boxer gave him some great advice on how to build his career in the ring: "He told me to word hard, train hard and never give up on following my dream. He's a nice guy."

Dad Tony, who'd brought his three budding boxers along to meet Nonito, said: "Fair play to him. He's made a lot of friends here and took time out to meet the kids -which is really great!"

Fight fans Margaret McCann and Helen Donaghy from Banbridge teamed up to plant a smacker on the fighter.

"He's a lovely man," said Helen. "A really genuine nice guy -Nonito is just so cool!"

Belfast-based Filipina Mary Giron had been acting as Nonito's tour guide while he was here.

"He really loved his time in Northern Ireland," she said. "He's a Game of Thrones fan, and we took him to see the Dark Hedges and the Giant's Causeway.

"He said really enjoyed it -because the people here are so great."

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