Boxing: Carl Frampton wants world title


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Carl Frampton says he is targeting a world title after beating Nonito Donaire to claim the WBO interim featherweight belt in Belfast.

The 31-year-old set the tone very early on as he landed some powerful shots in round two of their highly-anticipated bout.

The Northern Irishman continued to unload with great effect with his speed and timing proving too much for Donaire to deal with.

Donaire had to go looking for the knockout blow in the latter rounds and he did catch Frampton with a big left hook in round 11, however, he couldn’t do enough damage to put his opponent down.

Frampton was awarded the victory via a points decision, 117-111 on all of the cards, and he is already thinking ahead to his next fight.

The Jackal has been dreaming of a world title fight at Windsor Park in his homeland and that looks likely to happen this summer.

He has his sights set on Oscar Valdez, Lee Selby and Josh Warrington, while admitting he would even like to face Leo Santa Cruz for a third time.

Frampton said: “I had a simple game plan – use my jab from outside and went I got close, stay close. I started to bully him on the inside.

“I felt fresh. I looked at the ring cards and could see the rounds and in the 10th I felt great, not tired at all. “I’d love Valdez.

Selby or Warrington – either of them. I’d want to fight [Leo] Santa Cruz for a third time but that’s not going to happen. “I want a world title and that’s it.”

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