After a difficult 2017, Carl Frampton is promising a much-improved showing in Belfast with a summer stadium showdown in his sights.

On April 21st, the former two-weight World Champion takes on former four-weight World Champion Nonito Donaire, live on BoxNation.

To help prepare for the Filipino Flash, Frampton and his trainer Jamie Moore have brought in 12-0 American Stephen Fulton for sparring.

"I need to be patient. Especially early on. Not walking on to shots. Donaire is a terrific counter-puncher, like Stephen Fulton. Terrific sparring," Frampton told the BoxNation Podcast.

"I have to give credit to Fulton. He stuck in there and he gave me problems - things that Donaire is going to trouble me with, maybe. I feel like this sparring has been absolutely perfect and I'm going in with the right gameplan."

Frampton v Donaire face off

Last time out in November, Frampton shook off some ring rust against tough Mexican Horacio Garcia, and now with the prospect of a big bout at Windsor Park, The Jackal wants to make a statement.

"I genuinely believe this, and people say it all the time, but I feel a big performance coming. I really do," said the 31-year-old, who is grateful for the adjustments his trainer has made.

"We've got the perfect number of rounds in this time. It's not as much as what I used to be doing two or three years ago, but it's the perfect amount of rounds. I feel fit, I feel sharp, I'm recovering quicker in between rounds.

"We've had a completely different approach, a bit more of a scientific approach. That seems to be working," he added.

On episode 19 of the BoxNation Podcast, Barry Jones and Dev Sahni look back at a big weekend of action from Las Vegas as James DeGale regained his World Title, plus Lee Selby accuses Josh Warrington of having no respect for him.

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