The year-old has been impressive in recent outings with wins over the likes of Kiko Martinez and Jeremy Parodi, and he has promised another explosive performance on Saturday as he looks to continue to win in style and gain further recognition around the world. With the likes of Leo Santa Cruz and Guillermo Rigondeaux reigning as the other champions in the division at this stage, he will be on the cusp of big fights this year.
Frampton, the former two-division world champion from Belfast, Northern Ireland, will make his first stateside appearance in more than two years in a round featherweight bout against the hard-hitting Emmanuel Dominguez on Saturday, Aug. In the round featherweight co-feature, former junior featherweight world champion Jessie Magdaleno will fight former featherweight world title challenger Rafael Rivera.
Winning is always the most important thing, but I want to do it in style. It's great to be boxing stateside again.
And Philly, in particular, has so much boxing history. I won't disappoint. With his sights set on Valdez, he must first defeat Dominguez , 18 KOs , a year-old native of Aguascalientes, Mexico, who has won four of his last five, all by knockout.
The Las Vegas native, who made one successful defense of the belt he won from future Hall of Famer Nonito Donaire in November , moved up to featherweight following the Dogboe defeat. He returned March 23 in Costa Mesa, California, and won a wide unanimous decision over former world champion Rico Ramos.
Rivera , 18 KOs , from Tijuana, Mexico, has never been knocked out as a pro and is two fights removed from a spirited effort in a decision loss to WBA super world featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz.
In July , he dropped a tightly contested split decision to top featherweight prospect Joet Gonzalez, who was at the time. He is a tough guy, but I am in a different class. I am going to bring my Mexican fighting spirit to Philadelphia and make Magdaleno at the Liacouras Center.
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