Frampton raring to go

20 April 2018 08:25:25 EST

Focus and determination will be the key to beating Nonito Donaire on Saturday, according to Carl Frampton.

The Northern Irishman is set to fight for the first time this year in front of a capacity crowd at Belfast's SSE Arena and a win over the 'Filipino Flash' will hand him the vacant WBO interim featherweight belt.

A chance at another world title shot is what matters to the 31-year-old, having lost his WBA (Super) crown to Leo Santa Cruz in January of last year.

I know if I prepare well I win the fight.

Carl Frampton

That was Frampton's only defeat in 25 professional fights and despite a November win over Horacio Garcia, he still has something to prove against the experienced Donaire.

'The Jackal' says he is ready to go on Saturday night in Belfast, insisting that he has not lost any of his will to win following his defeat to Santa Cruz.

"Mentally I am very determined, maybe I was just born with it. There has always been something inside me - that real drive, the competitiveness in everything I do. I have to win," said Frampton.

"People get worried about opponents, they can allow things to distract them but I'm pretty good at keeping things calm, controlling the controllables as they say.

"I know that if I have prepared well and done all I have then I win the fight. I suppose I have always been pretty good that way but it has also got better. People who are around me leading up to a fight can see that, they see it in the dressing room just how calm I am."

Frampton is 1/8 to win on Saturday, with Donaire 9/2.

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