What the experts made of Carl Frampton's win over Nonito Donaire
Carl Frampton took the final step towards another World title fight when he beat Nonito Donaire on Saturday night. But what did the experts think of his performance?
Dave ‘Boy’ McAuley
He is back to the way he was when he beat Santa Cruz. That’s the old Carl Frampton, he couldn’t have done any better. He was punching, going forward and everything he did, he did right. He was able to overcome everything Donaire had, so in my opinion he’s back to where he was when he became world champion. He should be very pleased by the way he has progressed in his new camp. That’s the old Carl Frampton and a big improvement from his last fight. He’s proved all the sceptics wrong and he’s back with a vengeance so there’s a real good chance he’ll get a world title back.
I thought that he boxed really well, as good as he’s ever boxed. He looked fresh, energetic, was very sharp and really crisp. He judged the distance as he always does very well, picked his shots and was aggressive when he had to be. He was up against a good fighter with a lot of pride and with enough about him to keep Carl honest, to really keep him on his toes. It was never going to be a walk in the park or a gimme, so it was a very good fight and he boxed very well. He showed improvements, so the longer he has the better he gets.
I thought it was a great fight and one of the better bills that has been put on in recent times. Donaire was a tough opponent, but (Carl) boxed brilliantly. He looked back to his better self. He looked fresher, well-rested and certainly a lot better than the last time when he seemed to tire in the later rounds. He looked in great shape, even at the weigh-in. I think some people were marking his card before it, but he showed he has plenty of life left in him.
I thought it was a masterclass. It was interesting to see after he said he had his best ever training camp, but I thought everything worked to a tee. Sometimes you think that’s all talk, but it was as polished a performance you will see. Some may have thought he would stop Donaire, but you just don’t stop people like Donaire — a world-class, pound-for-pound fighter. I thought he was really disciplined, judged the distance perfectly, got his shots off and got out, and all the eye-catching shots came from Carl and he won the fight clear.
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