Carl Frampton vs. Nonito Donaire Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/7/18
Donaire vs. Frampton
Boxing: Saturday April 7, 2018 (The SSE Arena)
The Line: Frampton -600 / Donaire +400 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Carl Frampton and Nonito Donaire fight Saturday at The SSE Arena.
Carl Frampton enters this fight with a 24-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. Frampton has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a November win over Horacio Garcia. Frampton bounced back nicely from his loss to Leo Santa Cruz by dominating Garcia from start to finish, and now looks for another win to kind of get back on track completely and set the tone to what should be an effective 2018. Frampton is a 31-year-old who stands at 5’5”, has a 62 inch reach and has an orthodox stance. Frampton is a great athletic boxer with fast hands and some serious pop, as he has one-punch knockout potential. However, Frampton’s last four victories have come by decision, as he hasn’t produced a knockout win since 2015 against Chris Avalos. With great moment and impressive hand speed, Frampton is a nightmare when he’s able to dictate the pace of the fight and get in his groove offensively. Frampton has fought most of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.
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Nonito Donaire enters this fight with a 38-4 record that includes 24 knockouts. Donaire has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a September win over Ruben Garcia Hernandez. Donaire took just one fight last year and redeemed himself with a convincing victory after losing to Jessie Magdaleno in 2016. Donaire is 35 years old, stands at 5’5”, has a 68 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Even as he gets older, Donaire is still extremely dangerous on counters due to his hand speed and has one-punch knockout power when he lands cleanly. Donaire has produced stoppages in seven of his last nine wins and did knockout Zsolt Bedak in 2016, a proven boxer from Hungary. Donaire also has a impressive chin with only one of his losses coming by stoppage, and he’s only been dropped once in his career. This will be Donaire’s first fight in the United Kingdom.
This is going to be a fun fight and better expected than what the odds indicate, as Donaire is no chump and has a flashy offensive skill set, even at this age he can be dangerous. Donaire also has a tough chin and will be capable of trading blows with the powerful Frampton on his home soil. However, you have to side with The Jackal to win this fight when its all said and done. He’s the bigger, younger and more explosive fighter with the ability to land vicious counters. It’s been a while since Donaire has been in the ring with somebody like Frampton, and I question how much he has left in the tank to go blow for blow with somebody as conditioned and talented at this age.
More competitive than the odds indicate, but Frampton still wins.