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Eastwood: Carl will make it a painful night for classy Nonito

By David Kelly

Legendary promoter Barney Eastwood says he expects Carl Frampton to give an explosive performance at the SSE Arena tomorrow night.

Eastwood, a long-time fan of the Jackal, believes the timing for his WBO interim featherweight title fight with Nonito Donaire could not be better for the Belfast man who is seeking a world title shot in the summer.

Last November Frampton outpointed tough Mexican Horacio Garcia and while he received some criticism for the 10-round display, Eastwood felt it was just the workout he needed.

Now Frampton meets Donaire, the man he has described as "the most accomplished fighter I've ever faced" and Eastwood can only see one outcome.

"The last time Carl fought he got criticised unfairly in my opinion. The guy Garcia was a much better fighter than people gave him credit for. He was unbelievably tough and other fighters would have taken an easier option having been out of the ring for nine months. Garcia would give any featherweight in the world a hard test," said Eastwood.

"I would expect Carl to be 25 per cent better than the last fight but even if he is at the same level I still think he knocks out Donaire.

"Donaire is naturally the smaller man, he has moved up through the weights whereas Frampton was finding it very tough to make super-bantamweight and had to move up and is a genuine, natural featherweight. That is going to be significant.

"Don't get me wrong, Donaire is a huge puncher. He can do real damage with his left hook, so Carl will have to be careful in the first few rounds, but then I expect him to step it up and stop Donaire. It's the ideal fight ahead of a world title shot.

"A win here will give him all the confidence back and the belief that he can go on and be world champion again. You'll see him at his very best when he fights for the word title."

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