BoxNation today confirmed three fights have been added Carl Frampton’s much-anticipated April 21st showdown against Nonito Donaire in Belfast.
CONFIRMED: #FramptonDonaire undercard additions for April 21st— BoxNation (@boxnationtv) January 17, 2018
Carroll v McCullough
McKenna v Sutcliffe Jr
Cummings v Keeler
Fight 1: Jono Carroll (15-0, 2KOs) will meet Belfast’s Marco McCullough (18-4, 11KOs) in a 12-round super-featherweight showdown for the IBF European strap
Fight 2: Tyrone McKenna (15-0-1, 6KOs) and super-lightweight rival Philip Sutcliffe Jr (14-2, 9KOs) in a Belfast v Dublin battle.
Fight 3: WBO European champion Conrad Cummings (12-1-1) and Irish champion Luke Keeler (13-2, 5KO) go toe-to-toe in the middleweight division.
Both Carroll and McCullough produced third-round stoppage victories on the ‘Frampton Reborn’ undercard last November.
Speaking to BoxNation, Carroll said:
”I’m buzzing for the fight.”
“I had a great win in Belfast last time out and this is another brilliant opportunity. Marco is a lovely lad, but I’m out to get another big win and take another step up the ladder on a massive bill.”
And McCullough believes this bout could rebuild his career:
“It’ll be a good domestic fight, I’m excited about it.”
“A win would put me straight back into the mix for titles. Jono has really improved over the last year or so and both of us have a bit of power, so it’ll be a cracking fight. It’s nearly like a Belfast v Dublin undercard, so I’d say it’ll be a great atmosphere.”
The of McKenna and Sutcliffe has been rumoured for a while with the pair continually linked since fighting as amateurs in 2012.
”It’s a fight that every fan in Ireland wants to see.”
“It’s one I’ve wanted for a long time and I fully believe I’m going to win. Phil Sutcliffe is saying I’m avoiding him, but now it’s finally happening and I’m delighted. It’s the two top Light-Welters in the country and it’s very exciting.”
And Sutcliffe is keen to silence his rival:
“Tyrone’s got what he’s been shouting about, so we’ll see if he keeps his mouth going.”
If he wants to talk then let him talk. I do my talking in the ring. I’m friends with everyone, especially lads on my team, but this is business and I’ll go in there and get the job done.”
Middleweights Cummings and Keeler is a good matchup and with both boxers predicting an early finish.
“It’s great that we’ll finally get it on.”
“This is a tasty fight and I think the public will get their teeth into. Luke’s a brilliant boxer and a fellow Irishman – he’s always in good fights and so am I, so it will be entertaining however long it lasts. I’m really up for it.”
Keeler responded by saying:
“It’s a cracking fight. A lot of people have been talking about it and there should be great interest.”
I’m feeling great and training has been going really well, so I can’t wait to get in there.”
Further undercard announcements will be made in the coming weeks.