I'm going to win at Windsor Park this summer ... I can't wait, vows Frampton after Donaire victory
The next time Carl Frampton steps into a ring, it's going to be at Windsor Park in August.
That's the confident promise of promoter Frank Warren, who watched his man put in an expert performance to see off Nonito Donaire at the SSE Arena on Saturday evening.
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Speaking from the ring after the fight, Warren confirmed their upcoming plans:
"We're going to Windsor Park," he said. "We're going to be there in August. All the bits will fall into place as regards who the opponent is in the next month or so. Windsor Park is the next one. We promised it to Carl and we'll deliver."
That, of course, is music to the ears of the Tiger's Bay boxer, who looked back to his best as he controlled Saturday's fight throughout, even if he did have to sustain some of Donaire's trademark left hands.
"There's only one thing on my mind - Windsor Park. I can't wait to get there," he said.
"Everyone knows how excited I am. I can't wait. There's not a man on this planet at featherweight that's going to beat me at Windsor Park."
Frampton secured the WBO Interim World Featherweight title with victory over Donaire. He is now the mandatory fight for champ Óscar Valdez while Lee Selby has made his desire to fight Frampton known. He takes on Josh Warrington next month in the defence of his IBF crown.
While his next opponent is sorted, Frampton can look back on a performance that oozed class.
"As you saw in the 11th round, Nonito Donaire is dangerous but I survived the round, stuck to the game plan. At times, my boxing was beautiful," he said.
"He was a sharp puncher throughout. The 11th round definitely hurt but I survived it and that's what champions do. What a nice man and his whole team - good, good people.
"Jamie (Moore - trainer) deserves a lot of credit. The gameplan was perfect. When I was on the outside, I was using my jab to the head and the body. When I was close, I needed to be really close and use my strengths, which I did. I wasn't really in the middle distance too much and when I was, I got caught. I was fighting a world class fighter and a world class gentleman."
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