A shot at featherweight glory is up for grabs when Carl Frampton (24-1, 14 KOs) takes on Nonito Donaire (38-4, 24 KOs) on Saturday night at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Frampton and Donaire will be competing for the interim WBO featherweight title. If Frampton wins, he hopes to take on Oscar Valdez for the full WBO strap, which the Mexican has held since 2016, per ESPN.com's Nick Parkinson.
Donaire, a former four-division world champion, is out to prove he's not yet over the hill. The Filipino Flash hasn't fought much in the featherweight ranks and has only held a world title in the division once, when he narrowly beat Simpiwe Vetyeka in 2014.
Here's how to watch the bout.
Frampton vs. Donaire Fight Info
When: Saturday, April 21 at 10:30 p.m. BST/5:30 p.m. ET
Where: SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland
TV: Showtime (U.S.), BT Sport and Box Nation (UK)
Frampton is fighting on home turf in a bout in which he will be challenged by a respected, talented opponent. Though the Northern Irishman is a solid favorite at -700 (bet $700 to win $100), per OddsShark.com, this fight could turn out to be a close battle.
The 31-year-old had a tough time against Horacio Garcia in a November win. Before that, he suffered the first loss of his career by majority decision in a rematch against Leo Santa Cruz. That fight was an intense, well-fought battle, and Frampton had beaten the Mexican by a majority decision in the first contest.
Though the loss has taken a bit of the shine off Frampton, The Jackal is still one of the tougher, more compelling fighters around. He's hoping he can use a win over Donaire as a springboard to a bout with Valdez, one he believes would have greater global appeal than a bout against the likes of Lee Selby or Josh Warrington.
"People are talking about fighting the Selby and Warrington winner and that's an option but Valdez is more appealing because it would be a much more bigger fight. Selby or Warrington is big in the UK but not on the worldwide stage," Frampton said, per Parkinson.
"Valdez is a more interesting fight worldwide. Me against Selby or Warrington is not going to catch fire in the States, but Valdez is a big name there."
Frampton has his ambitions, but he is first going to need to take care of business on Saturday night. Donaire is 35 years old and has already accomplished plenty in his career, though he doesn't believe he's past his prime.
"It's great to be here in Belfast. Some people are writing me off as 'the old guy' but I feel I'm peaking now both physically and in terms of experience," he said, per BoxingScene.com.
While Donaire claims to be peaking, he can't hide his age, nor the fact he's fallen short against big opposition in recent years.
Guillermo Rigondeaux broke the spell with a win over Donaire in 2013. As soon as Donaire won the WBA super featherweight title against Vetyeka, he promptly lost it to Nicholas Waters in the very next bout.
Donaire is also just 17 months removed from relinquishing his WBO super bantamweight title to Jessie Magdaleno.
Once considered one of the best, Donaire will have to conjure up a vintage performance if he is to beat Frampton on his home turf. Bad Left Hook's Scott Christ believes Donaire will struggle to perform at a weight that doesn't suit him well:
"The truth is, Donaire's not really a featherweight. He's totally stretching himself too thin fighting at this weight, and it's pretty clear he's not built for it. Everyone who climbs weight classes eventually finds their limit, and this is Nonito's."
Frampton is the favorite here and should win the bout, but Donaire likely has enough left in the tank to force this one to go the distance.