All you need to know about Carl Frampton's opponent Nonito Donaire ahead of April bout at Belfast's SSE Arena
Carl Frampton will fight former four-weight world champion Nonito Donaire when he steps back into the ring in April.
Frampton will take on the 35 year-old Filipino on April 7 at Belfast's SSE Arena as he continues a journey that he hopes will lead to another World title.
The news was confirmed by promoter Frank Warren at Billy Joe Saunders' homecoming press conference in London on Thursday. Warren said it is a 'cracking fight' for Frampton and confirmed more details will follow in the New Year.
Donaire has won World titles at flyweight, bantamweight, super bantamweight, and featherweight.
Frampton will hope victory will tee up a potential World title bout, possibly against the winner of the upcoming fight between IBF World champion Lee Selby and mandatory challenger Josh Warrington.
After Frampton's November victory over Horacio Garcia, Warren said: "We said that we would give Carl the chance to win a world title in his home town and that's what we'll do. He can fight late March or April and then we go for the big one at Windsor Park as we have promised."
What do you need to know about Frampton's opponent?
Name: Nonito Donaire
Nickname: The Filipino Flash
Record: 38 wins (24 KOs) / 4 defeats (1 KO)
Biggest winning streak: 30 fights (2001 to 2013)
Current belt: WBC Silver Featherweight
Last fight: Beat Ruben Garcia Hernandez in San Antonio in September to claim current title. It was a comeback fight, 10 months after he lost his WBO World Super Bantamweight title to Jessie Magdaleno.
Previous World titles: WBO World Super Bantamweight, WBO World Super Bantamweight, IBF World Super Bantamweight, WBC World Bantamweight, WBO World Bantamweight, WBA Super World Featherweight, IBF World Flyweight, WBA World Super Flyweight
What he has said about Frampton: “He’s an incredible fighter and I’ve always wanted to get in the ring with incredible guys. There’s a lot of excitement, a lot of people are wanting to see this fight so I am ready and willing to go anywhere. (I’ve) great respect for you man, you’re an incredible fighter and that’s what it’s all about, being with incredible fighters inside the ring.”
Belfast Telegraph Digital