Carl Frampton is adamant he’s not in the slightest bit concerned by the charm offensive from rival multi-weight world champion Nonito Donaire ahead of Saturday’s clash.
Legendary Filipino Donaire (38-4-KO24) has sung, danced and coached his way into the affections of many Belfast locals but there was only one favourite at Friday’s weigh-in as ‘The Jackal’ revelled in home support.
Of the visitor’s popularity, Frampton (24-1-KO14) said: “This is my city. I own it. I’m the king of Belfast. Donaire knows it as well.
“He’s playing a clever game but I’ve done this before. He’s being overly-nice and then tomorrow night he’ll be growling and hope it surprises me – but that’s my game.
“I’m the nice guy who gets the angry head on. You can’t bluff a bluffer. I know tomorrow night, he’ll be in there hoping to take my head off.
“I’ve always had the impression Donaire is a nice guy and I still have that, but if he’s trying to wind me up then it’s simply not working.”
Doors open at 15:30 hrs
Fight # 1 – 16:00 hrs
4 X 3 Minute Rounds International Super-Middleweight Contest
RYAN HATTON 169lbs V ATTILA TIBOR NAGY –
Fight # 2
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Heavyweight Contest
ALEX DICKINSON 222lbs V LEE CARTER 268lbs.
Fight # 3
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Middleweight Contest
TROY WILLIAMSON 160.8lbs V CHRISTIAN HOSKIN GOMEZ 160lbs
Fight # 4
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Featherweight Contest
TYRONE McCULLAGH 127.3lbs V ELVIS GUILLEN 123.5lbs
Fight # 5
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Featherweight Contest
MARCO McCULLOUGH 131.6lbs V ARNOLD SOLANO 133.3lbs
Fight # 6
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Super-Lightweight Contest
SAM MAXWELL 142.8lbs V MICHAEL ISSAC CARRERO 140.7lbs
Fight # 7
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Light-Heavyweight Contest
STEVEN WARD 171.5lbs V MICHAL CIACH –
BT SPORT GO LIVE @ 19:30 HRS
Fight # 8 – 19:40 hrs
10 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Lightweight Contest
TYRONE McKENNA 142lbs V ANTHONY UPTON 141lbs
Fight # 9
THE WBO EUROPEAN MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
10 X 3 Minute Rounds
CONRAD CUMMINGS 11st 5lbs 8oz V LUKE KEELER 11st 5lbs 4oz
Fight # 10
8 X 3 Minute Rounds Lightweight Contest
DAVID OLIVER JOYCE 132.5lbs V JORDAN ELLISON 132.8lbs
Fight # 11
THE WBO BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD
12 X 3 Minute Rounds
ZOLANI TETE 8st 4lbs 6oz V OMAR ANDRES NARVAEZ 8st 5lbs 4oz
Fight # 12
THE VACANT WBO INTERIM WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds
CARL FRAMPTON 8st 13lbs 3oz V NONITO DONAIRE 8st 13lbs 5oz
Live Floater # 13
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Welterweight Contest
LEWIS CROCKER 153.6lbs V SCOTT JAMES 151lbs
Canada’s preeminent destination for boxing fans in Canada, Super Channel, will air a world-class event featuring two world title fights this Saturday, headlined by the 12-round main event for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Interim World Featherweight Championship between former world champions Carl “The Jackal” Frampton and Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, live from The SES Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.
Frampton vs. Donaire, presented by Frank Warren’s Queensbury Promotions, will air exclusively on Super Channel across Canada, starting at 2:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. PT.
WBO World Bantamweight Champion Zolani “Last Born” Tete defends his title against former world champion and Olympian Omar “El Huracan” Andres Narvaez in the 12-round, co-featured event.
The 31-year-old Frampton (24-1, 14 KOs), fighting at home in Belfast, is a former World Boxing Association (WBA) Super World Featherweight Champion. The crowd-pleasing Irishman is 5-1 in world title fights, 6-1 (3 KOs) versus current or past world champions, including a victory over Canada’s Steve Molitor.
Frampton has also defeated world champions such as Kiko Martinez (twice), Scott Quigg and Leo Santa Cruz, the reigning WBA featherweight world champion who defeated Frampton in their world-title fight rematch on January 28,2017 for the WBA crown.
Philippines-native Donaire, who lives in San Leandro, California, is a seven-time, four-division world champion, who is 10-0 in fights held outside of the United States. The 35-year-old Donaire has a 13-3 (8 KOs) world title fight record and he’s 12-3 (8 KOs) against current or former world champions. His Who’s Who list of victims include Vic Darchinyan (twice), Ferrnando Montiel and Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr., among the more notables.
One of the greatest Filipino fighters of all time — along with Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao, Gerry Penalosa and Gabriel “Flash” Elorde –Donaire is unquestionably a future Hall of Famer, who has won five of his last six fights.
Tete (26-3, 2 KOs), fighting out of South Africa, captured his WBO title a year ago, when he won a 12-round unanimous decision over Arthur Villanueva (30-1). Last November, Tete needed only 13 seconds to one-punch knockout his fellow countryman, Siboniso Gonya (11-1), In his first title defense.
Narvaez (48-2-2, 25 KOs) is a two-time, two division world champion, as well as a two-time Argentinian Olympian. The veteran southpaw has an incredible 28-2-1 (12 KOs) record in world title fights during his 17 1/2 -year pro career. One of his two career losses, ironically, was in 2011 to Donaire by way of a 12-round unanimous decision for the WBO world bantamweight title.
Other exciting fights on the “Frampton vs. Donaire” card, in addition to the aforementioned main event and co-feature, will air in Canada exclusively on Super Channel.
Super Channel aired major boxing events live in 2017 like Brook vs. Spence Jr., Pacquiao-Horn, Eubank, Jr. vs. Abraham, Lomachenko vs.Marriaga, Crawford vs. Indongo, Smith vs. Williams II, and the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) quarterfinals and semifinals.
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