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Belfast fighter Carl Frampton admits Saturday's fight against "Filipino Flash" Nonito Donaire will be "make or break" for his career.
Frampton, 31, takes on Donaire, 35, for the vacant WBO interim Featherweight title at Belfast's SSE Arena on Saturday, live on BT Sport 1 and BoxNation, and the former two-weight world champion says it is a must-win bout for both boxers.
"I suppose people are saying it's make or break because of the stage of my career that I'm at," the 2017 Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year told the Telegraph.
"Nonito Donaire, I think, would feel in the same boat.
"It's not good to lose at any stage of your career, but to lose this fight will not be good for potential fights down the line."
Frampton hopes to fight for a world title in Belfast's Windsor Park in July, either against WBO champion Oscar Valdez or the winner of the 19 May bout between IBF featherweight Lee Selby and challenger Josh Warrington at Elland Road.
"To win against Nonito means I'd become mandatory for Oscar Valdez's WBO title, or I could fight the winner of Selby-Warrington," he continued.
"The Valdez fight appeals more to the boxing public worldwide. The winner of Selby and Warrington would be a big fight in the UK, but is it going to capture the world's imagination?
"I'm not so sure. I'm ready for anyone. Selby, Warrington - I'm happy to take the belt off either of them. But the Valdez one is very appealing to me, I think it would be a great fight."
Frampton won his comeback fight against Horacio Garcia in Belfast on 18 November 2017 on points, after a 10-month break following his WBA title defeat to Leo Santa Cruz in Las Vegas in January 2017.
Frampton will fight Nonito Donaire of the Philippines for the vacant
WBO interim Featherweight title at Belfast's SSE Arena on Saturday,
21 April. The bout will be shown live on BT Sport 1 and BoxNation,
with coverage starting at 7.30pm.
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