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Interim Featherweight Title now at stake for Frampton-Donaire bout

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The stakes just got upgraded for Carl Frampton and Nonito Donaire.

It was revealed earlier today that the WBO interim world featherweight title will be on the line when Frampton (24-1, 14 KO’s) and Donaire (38-4, 24 KO’s) take center stage in Belfast next month. This sets up a mandatory title unification bout for the winner of this contest with WBO world featherweight champ Oscar Valdez.

Here’s what Frampton had to say about this breaking news via WorldBoxingNews:

“I’m completely focused on Donaire first and foremost but the fact it’s for the WBO interim title and the winner gets a shot at Valdez gives it something extra.”

Valdez is currently on the shelf due to suffering a broken jaw earlier this month during a fight where he would defeat Scott Quigg via unanimous decision. The timetable for a Valdez return is currently unknown after having his jaw wired shut on the Monday following the fight.

Frampton would also give kudos to Frank Warren and MTK Global for making it all happen. ‘The Jackal’ will have home court advantage against ‘The Filipino Flash’ come April 21st inside of what will be a sold out and rowdy SSE Arena in Northern Ireland, where both men will begin their 2018 campaign.

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