Ni Gilbert Espeña

KAHIT sa kanyang “hometown” Belfast, Northern Ireland at mas bata ng apat na taon sa 35-anyos na si four-division world titlist Nonito Donaire, Jr., kabado pa rin si dating WBA featherweight champion Carl Frampton sa kanilang laban sa Abril 21 sa The SSE Arena.

Pinangakuan si Frampton ng mahalagang laban sa mananalo sa kapwa Briton na sina IBF featherweight titlist Lee Salby at mandatory contender Josh Warrington kaya obligadong manalo siya kay Donaire na kasalukuyang WBC Silver featherweight titlist.

“Donaire is an exceptional fighter and one I need to get everything perfect for. He can truly bang with those hands of his and you do not reach the level he’s reached without being extremely dangerous. This fight will force me to be at my very best,” sabi ni Frampton sa pahayagang The Guardian sa UK.

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Batid ni Frampton na mapanganib kalaban si Donaire kaya parang world title eliminator ang kanilang sagupaan.

“Donaire is a genuinely nice guy and that’s great as he is on the same page as me in our attitudes to boxing. It is a sport,” ani Frampton. “You go in there and you give it everything, but before and after the fight, there’s no need for vitriol. Just go in, fight your heart out and then when it’s over, you can get to know them better.”

“I adore where I come from, so to step out in Windsor Park and fight for a World Title, really I can’t even comprehend it,” dagdag ng Briton. “It would be like everything has come together in my life and career. However, I have been involved in boxing long enough to know it is a sport that rarely deals in fairy-tales. I know there’s a lot of hard work ahead.”

May rekord si Frampton na 24 panalo, 1 talo na may 14 pagwawagi sa knockouts kumpara kay Donaire ng 24 stoppages sa kanyang 38 pagwawagi at apat na talo at dating No. 3 pound-for-pound boxer sa buong mundo.