It doesn't matter what online trolls say from their mum's front bedroom: Carl Frampton
Carl Frampton says he is desperate to see off Nonito Donaire and tee up a world title fight at Windsor Park.
Speaking at the public press conference at the Europa Hotel ahead of the April 21 bout, Frampton also had a swipe at online critics, who doubted his ability after his defeat to Leo Santa Cruz last January.
"I think some boxing fans are very fickle," he said. "I've probably been doubted more than I've ever been by some people but this will answer a lot of questions and will prove to people that I've still got a lot to give.
"It does annoy you a bit. I'm only human but when you think about it rationally, the people that are criticisng are sitting in their mum's front bedroom giving you grief on a laptop so it doesn't really matter what they think. I've done a lot in my career and I hope to be able to do a lot more."
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Frampton, of course, split with Barry McGuigan's Cyclone Promotions last summer before joining up with Frank Warren. Since then, the Jackal's new promoter has promised to land a world title bout at Windsor Park this summer.
But in order to do that, Frampton knows he has to deliver against former four-weight world champion Donaire at the SSE Arena.
Who exactly could be up next? It's as yet unclear but Frampton said the latest indications suggested a bout against the WBO champion, the winner of Oscar Valdez' March defence against Scott Quigg, could be on the cards.
"There is a lot on the line," he conceded. "I spoke to Frank Warren and he wants to make this fight a final eliminator for the WBO. Quigg or Valdez, the winner of that potentially. (Lee) Selby and (Josh) Warrington can happen.
"These things are all in the future but there's only one guy on my mind at the minute and that is (Nonito Donaire). I deperately want to win this fight because I can see the carrot of Windsor Park dangling in front of me. I'm going to do everything to make sure I'm ready to put in the performance of my career, which may be needed to win this fight."
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Frampton was pushed all the way in his November comeback bout against Horacio Garcia but he's adamant that is a good thing on his road back to the top.
"After the fight, I was a bit critical of myself but considering the year I had, it wasn't a bad performance. I was trying things out that we had been working on in the gym," he said.
"There were things that I wasn't doing so well but we're working on things. Against Horacio, you can try things. Against Nonito, you can't try new things. That last fight is going to be a blessing in disguise for me. It has set me up for this one.
"There are fighters who have certain styles and are good at one or two things. Nonito can do a bit of everything. He's a slick boxer when he wants to be but he's got devastating KO power. That's the last thing to leave any fighter. I've seen him putting guys to sleep so I need to be switched on from start to finish.
"I need fights like this. I need names and what better name than Nonito Donaire. He's a four-weight world champion. He can punch. I've won big things. What's the point in fighting these knock-over jobs? It's not good for me, it's not good for boxing."
Tickets for the SSE Arena fight are currently on sale via Ticketmaster.
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