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Filipino Flash invites Belfast to party - help give Nonito Donaire 'proper goodbye'

By Jonathan Bell

As well as a few Carl Frampton inflicted bruises, Northern Ireland appears to have left a lasting impression on 'Flipino Flash' Nonito Donaire.

The boxer took to Twitter on Sunday morning saying how much of an "amazing" trip he had to Northern Ireland - despite losing to Carl Frampton in the SSE Arena bill topping fight on Saturday night.

And to give everyone a "proper goodbye" he has invited all to the Crown Bar on Sunday evening.

"I'd love to meet you all," he tweeted.

Donaire lost on points to Frampton in a masterclass of boxing from the Jackal on Saturday night securing the WBO Interim World Featherweight title.

"Nonito Donaire is dangerous but I survived, stuck to the game plan. At times, my boxing was beautiful," he said.

The victory means Frampton is the mandatory fight for champion Oscar Valdez while Lee Selby has made his desire for a Belfast bout known.

Moments after the fight, Frampton praised his rival for the way he and his team had handled themselves through the past week and throughout the build-up to the fight.

"I was fighting a world class fighter and a world class gentleman," he added.

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