Your boos will fire me on to beat Carl Frampton, says opponent Nonito Donaire
Carl Frampton's April opponent Nonito Donaire says the Belfast crowd will ensure the home boxer is at his best but has warned that any hostility will only fire him up.
Speaking at the public press conference at the Europa Hotel, the Filipino Flash said that he can't believe the 'warmth' of the Northern Irish people but he knows it might be a little different come fight night at the SSE Arena on April 21.
"There's going to be boos but I welcome that," he said. "That's what support is about. I just want to say thank-you for the boos for inspiring me to fight and for those cheers. I'm just grateful to be here and excited.
"First moment I got into Belfast, it was definitely cold. One thing that I found amazing was the warm welcome and the amazing people that I've come across.
"They treated me with love and respect. I was blown away by how kind you guys are. That means a lot.
"The loyalty and the love the Belfast people have for Carl, you can't find that anywhere else - they would say they wish me well but not too well.
"I know Carl is going to be at his best because you guys are behind him."
Donaire is a former four weight world champion. Framption says that a fighter of such a high level will bring the best out of him. That's a sentiment that the 35-year-old opponent agrees with.
"Carl is an incredible fighter," he said. "He's also a type that can box and can fight with power. We're similar in our ways of fighting. There are a lot of similarities in terms of being able to do a lot of things. I can't take him lightly.
"It allows the warrior within us to come out and that's one thing that will show on April 7. We're both warriors and willing to give everything that we've got for this fight."
Belfast Telegraph Digital