Frampton vs Donaire

Carl Frampton Nonito Donaire

Frampton Donaire

The SSE Arena, Belfast

On air @ 7.30pm

21

Apr

The WBO Interim World Featherweight Title

Carl Frampton returns to Belfast to take on four-weight World Champion Nonito Donaire on April 21st, with ‘The Jackal’ looking to add another big name to his sparkling resume and seal a World Title shot at Windsor Park.

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Frampton (24-1, 14 KOs) won his first World Title against old foe Kiko Martinez in September 2014, putting the Spaniard down in the fifth round and winning a dominant decision to become IBF World Super-Bantamweight Champion.

After two successful defences, 2016 saw a defining unification bout with England’s Scott Quigg. Frampton boxed well and broke his rival’s jaw in the fourth round, winning a split decision and unifying the belts in Manchester.

Moving up to Featherweight in the summer, ‘The Jackal’ took on Leo Santa Cruz, widely regarded as one of the best in the sport, pound-for-pound. Despite being the underdog, Frampton’s precision boxing was the difference against the Mexican as he handed Cruz his first loss and became a two-weight World Champion.

Both men stepped back into the ring in a hotly-contested rematch in January 2017, this time ‘El Terremoto’ came out on top in a close battle. Following a brief break, Frampton returned to the ring with Jamie Moore as his trainer and outpointed Horacio Garcia on his Belfast homecoming in November.

Donaire (38-4, 24 KOs) has won Championships at Flyweight, Bantamweight, Super-Bantamweight and Featherweight, and his pedigree is matched by his desire for another shot at the World Title.

His first World Title win came nearly 10 years ago against Vic Darchiniyan. It proved to be a memorable bout as the 'Filipino Flash’ scored a knockout of the year contender against the Armenian.

In more recent times, the 35-year-old won the WBO Super-Bantamweight Title after stopping Zsolt Bedak in just three rounds in 2016. However, Donaire then lost his belt to unbeaten Jessie Magdaleno before then returning to winning ways last September.

Donaire will be hopeful of adding to his legacy, while Frampton has some colossal fights on the horizon. A stadium fight against the winner of Lee Selby v Josh Warrington is a possibility, while a decider against Leo Santa Cruz is top of his wish-list.

Tete vs Narvaez

Zolani Tete Omar Narvaez

Tete Narvaez

On air @ 7.30pm

The WBO World Bantamweight Title

Zolani Tete makes the second defence of his WBO World Bantamweight Championship against Omar Andres Narvaez at Belfast’s SSE Arena.

Tete (26-3, 21 KOs) had been due to defend his title against Narvaez in London in February, but was forced to postpone the bout after suffering a calf injury in training. Now he returns to the scene of his record-breaking knockout win over Siboniso Gonya.

The thunderous-punching South African won a legion of new fans back in November when he stopped countryman Gonya in just 11 seconds, setting a new world record for the fastest ever knockout in a World Title fight.

‘Last Born’ floored Gonya with a brutal right hook just six seconds into the first defence of his 118lbs strap, firing a warning to WBA ‘Super’ World Champion and Belfast native Ryan Burnett.

Narvaez (47-2-2, 25 KOs) is 5-0 since a stoppage loss to Naoya Inoue and recently forced the previously unbeaten Nikolai Potapov to quit in seven. He has held the WBO Flyweight and Super-Flyweight belts and will be aiming to become a three-weight World Champion on April 21st.

Cummings vs Keeler

Conrad Cummings Luke Keeler

Cummings Keeler

On air @ 7.30pm

Middleweight contest

WBO European Champion Conrad Cummings (12-1-1, 5 KOs) and Irish Champion Luke Keeler (13-2, 5 KOs) go toe-to-toe in what promises to be an all-action Middleweight affair.

McKenna vs Upton

Tyrone McKenna Anthony Upton

McKenna Upton

On air @ 7.30pm

Super-Lightweight contest

Tyrone McKenna (15-0-1, 6 KOs) and Super-Lightweight rival Anthony Upton (17-1, 6 KOs) clash in an exciting all-Belfast match-up.