Longtime friend Stuart Mangrum posted on the organization’s website that Harvey did not believe in “any sort of existence” after death.“Now that he’s gone, let’s take the liberty of contradicting him, and keep his memory alive in our hearts, our thoughts, and our actions,” Mangrum wrote.“I called a friend and said, “Let’s go to the beach and burn a man,” he told the website Green Living. ’ And I did and we did it.” It wasn’t until afterward, Harvey recalled, that he had the epiphany that led to Burning Man.Within a few years the event had outgrown Baker Beach and moved to the desert.“But Donaire is a world class fighter and a world class gentleman.“There is not a man on this planet at featherweight who is going to beat me at Windsor Park.” Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70 titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media.
All that was at stake was the World Boxing Organization’s interim featherweight belt, not a fully-fledged title.
But by coming out on top by a margin of 117-111 on all three judges’ scorecards, the 31-year-old Frampton kept himself on course for a bout with the winner of next month’s International Boxing Federation title fight between Lee Selby and Josh Warrington.
WBO champion Oscar Valdez could also lie in wait for the 31-year-old Frampton, a former world title holder at both super-bantamweight and featherweight.
Prior to Saturday’s bout — which just carried on past midnight local time (2300 GMT) — Northern Ireland’s Frampton had rated Donaire, a seven-time world champion across four separate weight classes, as the most “accomplished fighter I have ever faced”.
But the 35-year-old Filipino did not appear to be at his very best in Belfast, although he did rock Frampton with several solid punches in the 11th round of 12.