Carl Frampton put in one of his best and most convincing performances in front of a packed SSE Arena in Belfast to beat Nonito Donaire and win the interim WBO World Featherweight title.
The fight started at a quick pace with Donaire trying to use his speed to catch Frampton but Frampton had worked hard to make sure Donaire didn’t have the range to make contact and in the early rounds it was Frampton who was making his mark on the fight. Donaire was always going to land a big punch at some point and when he did Frampton took it and came back with his own response.
It was obvious Framptons tactics were to take the fight up close and on the inside and even though he got caught with a few good and hard uppercuts he stayed in the pocket and give back as good as he was getting, as the fight went on Doanires lip, eyes really his whole face started swelling up.
In the eleventh round Donaire had his first real bit of success catching Frampton clean on the chin as he was retreating on the back foot, it rocked Frampton and obviously hurt him which he confirmed after the fight but after he was caught he desperately tried to hang on to Donaire, he wheeled away and stayed on his toes for the remainder of the round.
When we went to the scorecards all three judges scored the fight 117-111 to Frampton which I agreed with as it was a tactical and technical masterclass from him, what next for the new interim WBO Champion?
Well in the post fight press conference Frank Warren said the fight will definitely be at Windsor Park but is now called the National Stadium and they hope to pack twenty five thousand into it (but he did say he thought he could sell fifty thousand tickets if Northern Ireland had the stadium for it.) but they will announce an opponent later in the year and there are only two real options, WBO Champion Oscar Valdez and the winner between Lee Selby and Josh Warrington but how willing would one of these be to come to Belfast.