Carl Frampton to fight for World title against Nonito Donaire
Carl Frampton's SSE Arena bout against Nonito Donaire next month has been given an added significance with the WBO Interim world featherweight title now on the line.
The pair go face-to-face on April 21 at the Belfast venue and now the prize will be mandatory challenger status for current WBO world featherweight champion Oscar Valdez.
The Mexican made his fourth successful defence of his title against Scott Quigg earlier this month and is now set to take on the winner of Frampton's fight.
“I’m completely focused on Donaire first and foremost but the fact it’s for the WBO interim title and the winner gets a shot at Valdez gives it something extra," said Carl.
“I’ve always been a fan of Donaire. It’s an exciting fight and I’m prepared for a hard night. I’ve got some quality American sparring in and I’m going to come into this one in the shape of my life."
WBO champ Valdez has won all 24 of his professional bouts but Frampton is confident he would end that run.
"The Valdez fight is very appealing to me and obviously the winner of Selby v Warrington is also equally as appealing," Frampton said.
"I think the Valdez fight would get a lot more attention on both sides of the globe rather than just in the UK.
"The winner of Selby v Warrington would be a big fight in the UK but a fight with Valdez would be a huge fight worldwide."
Tickets for Frampton's fight against Nonito Donaire are still available via Ticketmaster.
Belfast Telegraph Digital