Warren eyes Frampton v Donaire for April 7 in Belfast

During a homecoming press conference for middleweight hero Billy Joe Saunders, Frank Warren confirmed Carl Frampton’s return to action was almost set.

Warren outlined the fact that former world multi-weight world champion Nonito Donaire was on board for an April 7 showdown in Belfast.

Tongues have been wagging about the fight since Donaire first tweeted earlier this month about the potential of facing Frampton on his home turf.

“In other news, could anyone tell me what the temperature looks like in Belfast around March? Asking for a friend,” said Donaire, tagging Frampton into the bargain.

A later date one month later has since been finalized as Frampton prepares to battle Donaire at the SSE Arena in what Warren hopes will be a final eliminator for a world title shot.

Frampton will of course begin the favorite due to home and size advantage, although the fight has certainly caused a stir among fans who are already lining up for when tickets go on sale.


Donaire had moved through the weights like an unstoppable force until reaching the featherweight limit where the Filipino has lost one of three bouts at the weight.

Fluctuating between super-bantam and 126 in recent years, it’s clear Donaire would be more suited to the lower division but that’s not where the money is.

A shock win over Frampton could open the door for clashes with the likes of Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares or Scott Quigg, whilst Frampton himself is already eyeing up a third fight with the formerly mentioned Californian later in 2018.