Carl Frampton v Nonito Donaire: Belfast hero looks to have been given a way back in

Boxer Carl Frampton
Carl Frampton picked to gain a points win in Belfast on Saturday
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The Jackal brings world championship boxing back to Belfast and he's expected to deliver the goods. Betfair's expert Frankie Monkhouse walks you through the recent form of both fighters...

"each of his last five have travelled the scheduled distance and he’s not halted an opponent since Chris Avalos in this city over three years ago"

Carl Frampton v Nonito Donaire
Saturday, 22:00
Live on BT Sport 1

Former WBA world featherweight champion Carl Frampton returns to the main stage on Saturday when taking on Nonito Donaire for the WBO crown. It may only be the interim version of the strap but everyone in the home dressing room at Belfast's SSE Arena will see it as progress.

Saturday will be the 31-year-old's second fight since dropping a majority decision to Leo Santa Cruz last January and critics are right to wonder how much The Jackal has left in the tank at this level following that absence. We'll soon find out.

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Form makes Frampton points win a safe bet

Frampton will walk out in front of his home crowd carrying a professional record of 24 wins against one defeat since making his professional debut in Liverpool nine years ago. The hard-working 5ft 5inch orthodox boasts a 56% knockout average but each of his last five have travelled the scheduled distance and he's not halted an opponent since Chris Avalos in this city over three years ago.

With no more than [1.24] available on the Betfair Exchange about win number 25 for Frampton many average backers will be forced into the specials markets. The recent trends makes Carl on points a decent shout and you can back that outcome at 4/7 to make things interesting. That's judged to be a far more likely finish than the KO/TKO at 11/4 - both prices available on the Betfair Sportsbook.

Donaire has gone the distance in his last two

Filipino pocket-rocket Nonito Donaire is the more experienced fighter of the two with 42 bouts under his belt and the flashy orthodox jets into the UK having won five of his last six. The spare was a points defeat vs Jessie Magdaleno November 2016 and he's been spotted in action only once since, outpointing well-travelled Mexican Ruben Garcia Hernandez (23-3-1) over 10 rounds.

Donaire has lost four times to date - Rosendo Sanchez (2001), Guillermo Rigondeaux (2013), Nicholas Walters (2014) and that Magdelono reverse. He brings a share of the power into this contest with a 57% KO average coming out of the away dressing room but each of his last two have tested the judges, meaning this bout will go into the latter stages. Fancy the upset? It's not for us, but lovers of a price can get their mitts on [5.7].

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