Framp­ton stays on track for Wind­sor Park ti­tle bout

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - GaelicGames -

Carl Framp­ton re­mains on track for a world ti­tle fight at Wind­sor Park this sum­mer af­ter out­point­ing the dan­ger­ous Nonito Don­aire at Belfast’s SSE Arena on Satur­day night.

The North­ern Ir­ish­man is eye­ing another shot at a feath­er­weight crown, with WBO ti­tlist Os­car Valdez on his radar as well as the win­ner of next month’s fight be­tween IBF beltholder Lee Selby and Josh War­ring­ton.

And Framp­ton pushed his cause with a com­mand­ing dis­play against for­mer four-weight world cham­pion Don­aire, who gave his op­po­nent a cou­ple of scares but largely came off sec­ond best. All three judges scored the con­test 117-111 – or nine rounds to three – as Framp­ton earned the in­terim WBO feath­er­weight ti­tle.

Pro­fes­sional record

Framp­ton, who im­proved his pro­fes­sional record to 25 wins from 26 fights, told BT Sport: “The only thing on my mind at the minute is Wind­sor Park and I can’t wait to get there. “Ev­ery­one knows how ex­cited I am, I can’t wait for it. There’s not a man on this planet at feath­er­weight that’s go­ing to beat me at Wind­sor Park.”

Pro­moter Frank War­ren con­firmed an out­door event at the foot­ball sta­dium is next for Framp­ton. He added: “We’re go­ing to be in Wind­sor Park in Au­gust and ob­vi­ously all the bits will fall into place re­gard­ing who the op­po­nent will be over the next month or so.”

Golfer Rory McIl­roy was ring­side as Framp­ton looked to bounce back from an un­der­whelm­ing dis­play against Ho­ra­cio Gar­cia last Novem­ber, his first bout with trainer Jamie Moore in his cor­ner.

And the 31-year-old, who has won world ti­tles at su­per-ban­tamweight and feath­er­weight, proved that dis­play was lit­tle more than a blip against an op­po­nent who slumped to his fifth de­feat in the paid ranks. Don­aire has been an elite per­former in the lower weights for much of the last decade and the 35-year-old started well with a cou­ple of de­cent body blows.

Framp­ton upped the tempo in the sec­ond with a fe­ro­cious flurry ig­nit­ing the con­test, and a straight right left Don­aire with swelling un­der his left eye that wors­ened through­out the fight.More eye-catch­ing blows came from the home favourite in the third, with a cou­ple of sharp rights find­ing their way through Don­aire’s high de­fen­sive guard.

The fight­ers traded more pun­ish­ing blows in the fourth when Framp­ton forced his foe on to the ropes, but once again it was the Belfast fighter’s punches that ap­peared to be more telling. Don­aire brought his vaunted left up­per­cut into play in the fifth al­though Framp­ton ended the round strongly be­fore us­ing his move­ment to good ef­fect to beat his foe to the punch in the sixth.

Framp­ton was buzzed by an up­per­cut af­ter forc­ing Don­aire to the ropes in the sev­enth but re­sponded valiantly as he traded fierce blows with his older foe. It seemed that would be his only mo­ment of dan­ger as Don­aire started to slow, with Framp­ton in­creas­ing his lead on the score­cards in the eighth, ninth and 10th.

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