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Carl Frampton all set for Windsor showdown with winner of Selby-Warrington

Carl Frampton catches Nonito Donaire during Saturday night's showdown at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Picture by PA
Neil Loughran at the SSE Arena

CARL Frampton looks set for an August 18 showdown with the winner of Lee Selby-Josh Warrington at Windsor Park after a classy points win over former four-weight world champion Nonito Donaire last night.

After a less than convincing performance against Horacio Garcia last time out, Frampton looked back to his best against ‘Filipino Flash’ Donaire, boxing beautifully on the back foot in the main to control the fight from early on.

However, there were a few nervy moments too as Frampton took two heavy-looking uppercuts in the fifth, before being caught with a left hook late in the 11th.

Donaire – who had a badly swollen eye after being caught by a Frampton right in the second round - remained dangerous throughout, but his threat was largely neutralised by ‘The Jackal’ as all three judges agreed on a 117-111 score.

Promoter Frank Warren confirmed afterwards that Frampton’s next fight will be at Windsor Park, and it looks almost certain to be a world title clash with the winner of reigning IBF champion Selby and the unbeaten Warrington, who meet at Elland Road in Leeds on May 19.

Elsewhere at the SSE Arena on Saturday night, one of the best performances came from Dublin’s Luke Keeler as he scored a convincing win over Coalisland middleweight Conrad Cummings, the pre-fight favourite.

At super-lightweight Tyrone McKenna got the better of Anthony Upton in an all-Belfast encounter, while the WBO world bantamweight championship fight between Zolani Tete and Omar Narvaez threatened to send the crowd to sleep before the main event, with the South African prevailing on a wide decision.

There were also wins for Lewis Crocker, David Oliver Joyce, Tyrone McCullagh, Marco McCullough and Steven Ward.

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