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Two dates marked out for Frampton's dream World title fight at Windsor Park


By David Kelly

Carl Frampton's Windsor Park world title dream is now a reality following his fine victory over Nonito Donaire on Saturday night.

Frampton gave one of the best performances of his career at the SSE Arena and it is understood that August 11 or 18 are the dates which promoter Frank Warren will choose between after further discussions with the Irish Football Association.

Frampton survived an 11th round thunderbolt from Donaire which momentarily buckled his knees to take a unanimous decision and the WBO interim featherweight title, which Warren believes puts him in a very strong position looking ahead to the summer.

Frampton went into the fight with Donaire knowing that it was make or break for in regard to his opportunity to box at Windsor and he produced a very measured and clinical, world class display.

The Northern Ireland hero said: "Boxing at Windsor has been on my mind for a long time, now the boys are going to deliver. I figured it should have happened last year and it didn't for one reason or another. When I teamed up with Frank, one of the things I said was you need to make Windsor Park for me. That was the deal and we shook on it.

"Three fights in nine months would be good. I should be active, I don't need a long lay-off.

"I'd love to fight in America again, I loved fighting there. But I love Windsor, that's where I want to be. If I box in Windsor and then hit the States before Christmas, that would be ideal.

"I don't care who it is because no featherweight on the planet can beat me at Windsor Park."

Meanwhile, Amir Khan's comeback lasted just 40 seconds as he knocked out Phil lo Greco in only 40 seconds in Liverpool.

Fighting for the first time in two years, he dropped the Canadian after just 13 seconds and delivered the coup de grace with a flurry of thunderous body shots soon after.

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