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Carl Frampton beats Nonito Donaire to win interim crown and set up Windsor Park World title fight

Carl Frampton defeats Nonito Donaire to win the WBO Interim featherweight title at the SSE Arena, Belfast on Saturday night.
Carl Frampton defeats Nonito Donaire to win the WBO Interim featherweight title at the SSE Arena, Belfast on Saturday night.
Carl Frampton with his wife Christine after defeating Nonito Donaire to win the WBO Interim featherweight title at the SSE Arena, Belfast on Saturday night.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 21/04/2018 THE VACANT WBO INTERIM WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP 12 X 3 Minute Rounds CARL FRAMPTON 8st 13lbs 3oz V NONITO DONAIRE 8st 13lbs 5oz. Picture Mark marlow
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st April 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Carl Frampton celebrates after defeating Nonito Donaire to win the WBO Interim featherweight title at the SSE Arena, Belfast on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st April 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Carl Frampton celebrates after defeating Nonito Donaire to win the WBO Interim featherweight title at the SSE Arena, Belfast on Saturday night.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 21/04/2018 THE VACANT WBO INTERIM WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP 12 X 3 Minute Rounds CARL FRAMPTON 8st 13lbs 3oz V NONITO DONAIRE 8st 13lbs 5oz. Picture Mark marlow
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st April 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Carl Frampton defeats Nonito Donaire to win the WBO Interim featherweight title at the SSE Arena, Belfast on Saturday night.
Carl Frampton embraces Nonito Donaire at the end of their epic 12-round bout in April 2018.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st April 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Carl Frampton defeats Nonito Donaire to win the WBO Interim featherweight title at the SSE Arena, Belfast on Saturday night.
Carl Frampton and Nonito Donaire battle it out for the WBO Interim featherweight title on Saturday night at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Carl Frampton and Nonito Donaire battle it out for the WBO Interim featherweight title on Saturday night at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Carl Frampton and Nonito Donaire battle it out for the WBO Interim featherweight title on Saturday night at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Carl Frampton and Nonito Donaire battle it out for the WBO Interim featherweight title on Saturday night at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Carl Frampton and Nonito Donaire battle it out for the WBO Interim featherweight title on Saturday night at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Carl Frampton gets his hands strapped before his bout with Nonito Donaire for the WBO interim featherweight title at the SSE Arena, Belfast on Saturday night.
Carl Frampton gets his hands strapped before his bout with Nonito Donaire for the WBO interim featherweight title at the SSE Arena, Belfast on Saturday night.
Carl Frampton gets his hands strapped before his bout with Nonito Donaire for the WBO interim featherweight title at the SSE Arena, Belfast on Saturday night.
Zolani Tete and Omar Andres Narvaez fight for the WBO World Bantamweight Championship on Saturday night at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Zolani Tete and Omar Andres Narvaez fight for the WBO World Bantamweight Championship on Saturday night at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Tyrone McKenna ahead of his Super-Lightweight bout
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st April 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Tyrone McKenna defeats Anthony Upton during Saturday nights Super Lightweight contest at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Tyrone Mckenna (Black waistband) wins v Anthony Upton at the SSE Arena , Belfast on April 21st 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st April 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Tyrone McKenna with Anthony Upton during Saturday nights Super Lightweight contest at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st April 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Tyrone McKenna with Anthony Upton during Saturday nights Super Lightweight contest at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st April 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Tyrone McKenna with Anthony Upton during Saturday nights Super Lightweight contest at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Rory McIlroy watches on during the Frampton v Donaire card at the SSE Arena
Tyrone Mckenna (Black waistband) wins v Anthony Upton at the SSE Arena , Belfast on April 21st 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Tyrone Mckenna (Black waistband) wins v Anthony Upton at the SSE Arena , Belfast on April 21st 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Tyrone Mckenna (Black waistband) wins v Anthony Upton at the SSE Arena , Belfast on April 21st 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Luke Keeler sustained significant cuts during Saturday night's WBO European Middleweight Contest aginst Conrad Cummings at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st April 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Marco McCullough defeats Arnoldo Solano during Saturday nights super featherweight contest at the SSE Arena, Belfast
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st April 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Marco McCullough defeats Arnoldo Solano during Saturday nights super featherweight contest at the SSE Arena, Belfast
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st April 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Steven Ward defeats Michal Ciach during Saturday nights International Light-Heavyweight weight contest at the SSE Arena, Belfast
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st April 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Steven Ward defeats Michal Ciach during Saturday nights International Light-Heavyweight weight contest at the SSE Arena, Belfast
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st April 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Steven Ward with Michal Ciach during Saturday nights International Light-Heavyweight weight contest at the SSE Arena, Belfast
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st April 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Tyrone McCullagh defeats Elvis Guillen during Saturday nights International Featherweight contest at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st April 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Tyrone McCullagh defeats Elvis Guillen during Saturday nights International Featherweight contest at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Tyrone Mckenna (Black waistband) v Anthony Upton at the SSE Arena , Belfast on April 21st 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Tyrone Mckenna (Black waistband) v Anthony Upton at the SSE Arena , Belfast on April 21st 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Tyrone Mckenna (Black waistband) v Anthony Upton at the SSE Arena , Belfast on April 21st 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Tyrone Mckenna (Black waistband) v Anthony Upton at the SSE Arena , Belfast on April 21st 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Tyrone Mckenna (Black waistband) v Anthony Upton at the SSE Arena , Belfast on April 21st 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Tyrone Mckenna (Black waistband) v Anthony Upton at the SSE Arena , Belfast on April 21st 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Tyrone Mckenna (Black waistband) v Anthony Upton at the SSE Arena , Belfast on April 21st 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Tyrone Mckenna (Black waistband) v Anthony Upton at the SSE Arena , Belfast on April 21st 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Alex Dickinson v Lee Carter at the SSE Arena , Belfast on April 21st 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Alex Dickinson celebrates v Lee Carter at the SSE Arena , Belfast on April 21st 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
David Oliver Joyce (left) against Jordan Ellison
David Oliver Joyce celebrates victory over Jordan Ellison
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Carl Frampton has beaten Nonito Donaire to become the WBO Interim World Featherweight champion.

The Belfast boxer controlled the 12-round bout at the SSE Arena from the start and, surviving some dangerous upper-cuts from his opponent, all three judges scored the fight at 117-111.

Four years Donaire's junior, Frampton picked up early rounds to get ahead on points and could afford to box his way to victory, even if Donaire did deliver a scare in the penultimate round.

It was a more confident, composed and altogether classier Frampton than the one that saw off Horacio Garcia in his comeback fight last November.

Now Frampton will look to secure a World title fight at Windsor Park this summer.

Before the headline fight, WBO World bantamweight title-holder Zolani Tete held on to his belt with a comfortable and wholly uninspiring unanimous decision victory over Omar Andres Narvaez.

In the evening's first title fight, Coalisland boxer Conrad Cummings was beaten by Dubliner Luke Keeler, who won the WBO European middleweight crown by unanimous decision.

Carl Frampton and Nonito Donaire battle it out for the WBO Interim featherweight title on Saturday night at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Carl Frampton and Nonito Donaire battle it out for the WBO Interim featherweight title on Saturday night at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Carl Frampton and Nonito Donaire battle it out for the WBO Interim featherweight title on Saturday night at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Carl Frampton and Nonito Donaire go head to head in a much-anticipated bout at the SSE Arena tonight.
Carl Frampton and Nonito Donaire

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