It was confirmed yesterday by promoter Frank Warren that Carl Frampton will fight at Windsor Park on Saturday 18th August this year.
It is not yet known who his opponent will be.
Frampton beat Donaire last month to claim the WBO interim World Featherweight title. To date he has had twenty-six professional bouts of which he has lost just one to Leo Santa Cruz back in January 2017. He has had fourteen knockouts and eleven wins by judging decisions.
He now has the right to challenge Oscar Valdez for his WBO World Featherweight belt. Valdez is currently recovering from a broken jaw so this may not happen any time soon. Valdez has an unbeaten record professionally. He has had twenty-four fights, won nineteen by knockouts and six by judges decisions. In 2016 he won the vacant WBO title by beating Matías Rueda. He has defended the title a further four times since then. His last bout against Scott Quigg saw him suffer a broken jaw in the 5th round but he went on to win the fight unanimously. It is not yet known how long he will be out of action but when he is back in the game Frampton will be very keen to go head to head.
Frampton can however challenge the winner of the Selby v Warrington fight due to take place on 19th May for the IBF title instead. Lee Selby is the reigning IBF Featherweight champion since he won against Evgeny Gradovich in 2015.He since has defended the title four times and his next challenger is Josh Warrington later this month. He has lost just one out of his twenty-seven professional fights. His opponent Josh Warrington has an unblemished professional record, winning all twenty-six fights to date. He won the vacant WBC International featherweight title when he fought Dennis Tubieron in 2015. He has successfully defended his title four times since and beat Dennis Ceylan in the IBF featherweight title final eliminator to book his spot to face Lee Selby for a title challenge.
Frampton will be watching this match with great interest and is expected to challenge the winner for the IBF title.