Donaire Jr. versus former world champ Frampton being eyed for April 2018
Former world champion Nonito 'The Filipino Flash' Donaire Jr. is in talks for a fight against Ireland's Carl Frampton in 2018. (FILE PHOTO)
Following a successful return to the ring in 2017, former four-division world champion Nonito 'The Filipino Flash' Donaire Jr. is looking at bigger fights in 2018.
Up next for Donaire (38-4, 24 KO) could be a huge fight against Ireland's Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton (24-1, 14 KO).
According to Richard Schaefer via The Ring Magazine, Donaire is in talks to make a return against the former WBA Super, WBA, and IBF world title holder Frampton in Belfast in April.
“I’ve been in communications with Frampton’s promoter, with Frank Warren, and there is an interest in getting that fight done,” Schaefer said via RingTV.com. “I know Frampton and Donaire have communicated via social media as well and I think both of those guys are up for the fight.”
Following his title loss to Jessie Magdaleno in 2016, Donaire took time off and then returned to headlines by signing with fledgling promoter Ringstar Sports, run by former Golden Boy CEO Schaefer.
When Donaire signed with Ringstar Sports back in mid-2017, Frampton was one of the names that the US-based Boholano listed as his target fights.
Donaire made a succesful return to the ring in September, decisioning Mexican Ruben Garcia.
Frampton would definitely be a gigantic step back up in competition for Donaire, a former IBF, WBA, and WBO world title holder in his own right.
“Nonito is a big-time fighter and the big-time fighters, they are always up for a big challenge,”
“You will see the best Nonito Donaire against Carl Frampton, and you will see the best Carl Frampton against Nonito Donaire. Who’s going to win? I don’t know.” Schaefer added.
Frampton is coming off a unanimous decision win over Horacio Garcia in Belfast, bouncing back from his first career loss against Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA Super world featherweight strap.