Two weight world champion, Carl Frampton, believes that he will need a career-best performance to overcome Nonito Donaire when the pair square off on April 21st in Belfast.
Frampton knows that a win against four weight champion, Donaire, will secure a world title fight for him this summer and therefore he can’t afford any slip-ups.
“I need to make sure that I’m going to put in the performance of my career, which it might take to win this fight,” said Frampton.
“I just take it one fight at a time. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future, but I’m going to do everything I can in training camp and in my preparation for this fight to make sure that I’m ready,” added the Belfast native, who is eyeing a future date against the winner of the upcoming Lee Selby-Josh Warrington IBF World Title fight or whoever emerges from a bout between his old rival Scott Quigg and WBO World Champion Oscar Valdez.
“There’s a lot on the line,” admitted Frampton “But these are all things that are in the future, and there’s only one fight that I’m focused on at the minute.
“Nonito Donaire is a future Hall of Famer, a fantastic fighter… I need fights like this to get up for, and I need big names.
“Nonito’s an amazing talent, a four-weight World Champion. He can punch, and he doesn’t just knock people over, he’s put guys to sleep before. But that gives me a wee bit of a fear factor, and I think that’s when I’m going to be at my best.”
2012 Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year, Donaire, is himself keen to claim another world title and like Frampton, believes this fight can bring out the best in him.
“We need an opponent we can truly respect and at the same time you have that voice behind you that says, ‘this guy is tough, this guy is good, and anything can happen’,” said Donaire.
“It allows the warrior within us to come out and that’s something that we’ll show on April 21st that we do have it.
“One thing’s for sure, and I can see it from looking into Carl’s eyes, we’re both warriors, and we’re willing to give it everything we’ve got for this fight. At the moment age is only a number for me because I’m very inspired to be here.”