Who is Emmanuel Dominguez? All you need to know about Carl Frampton's August opponent for Philadelphia fight
Carl Frampton will make his return to boxing on August 10 in Philadelphia, but who is the Mexican that has been confirmed as his opponent?
Emmanuel Dominguez has been named as the man that will aim to prevent Frampton landing another world title fight when the pair meet in a 10-round bout at the Liacouras Center.
WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez has said that he wants to take on Frampton in November or December this year but that will only happen if Frampton can beat Dominguez.
Frampton considered retirement after suffering the second defeat of his career when Josh Warrington won a thrilling IBF world title fight in December but is back for another attempt to gain a world crown.
Who is Emmanuel Dominguez?
Full name: Jesus Emmanuel Dominguez Acosta
Nickname: Veneno (poison)
Hometown: Aguascalientes, Mexico
Professional record: 26 wins (18 KOs) / eight defeats (two KOs) / two draws
Career highlights: Dominguez claimed the interim WBC FECOMBOX Super Bantamweight title with a win over German Perez in 2016 and just four months later took the Mexico Super Bantamweight title. This fight against former world champion Frampton, being broadcast on ESPN, represents a huge opportunity if Dominguez could pull off an unthinkable shock.
Form: Dominguez will go into the bout against Frampton on the back of two knockout victories, both in Mexico. His last defeat came in Peterborough in February, when Jordan Gill stopped the Mexican in just the third round. That denied Dominguez the WBA International Featherweight title. You can watch that fight in full here:
What has Frampton said about him? “Dominguez is a tall, young, hungry featherweight, so I’ll need to be on my game. The premise of an Oscar Valdez fight is dangling in front of me, so I want to go out and show the world that I’ve still got what it takes to be a world champion. Winning is always the most important thing, but I want to do it in style. It’s great to be boxing Stateside again. And Philly, in particular, has so much boxing history."
Big bout prediction: Frampton has beaten far more accomplished boxers than Dominguez and should have little problem in teeing up his world showdown with Valdez. Given that Gill made such light work of the Mexican before losing his WBA International crown to Enrique Tinoco just two months later, Frampton will likely be in line for a comfortable win.
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