WBO super featherweight champion Jamel Herring says his next fight against Carl Frampton may be the last of his boxing career after a disappointing performance against Jonathan Oquendo in his warm-up bout. Herring retained his title with an eight-round disqualification win at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night.
The fight started well for Herring who scored a knockdown in round four. In the following stanza Oquendo was deemed to have intentionally headbutted Herring. He lost a point but left his opponent with a nasty cut above the right eye. Oquendo came out firing in rounds six seven and eight before Herring claimed he couldn’t see in between rounds leading to a disqualification in his favour due to the cut stemming from a foul.
Herring took to social media post-fight to address his less than impressive performance.
“Disappointed… thats all I can say. Heading to the hospital for a scan and stitches, but it is what it is.”
I accept all criticism, I’m not going to run and hide from it,” Herring added. “Nor will I celebrate or making any excuses about tonight. If anything I’m more frustrated, and I need to tighten up for Frampton, simple as that.”
The 34-year-old is determined to fulfil his obligation by fighting Frampton but says that match-up could well be his last.
“Sitting in a hospital, alone, while being called out with all sorts of negativity is something else. I’m not angry, I’m not sad, just deep in thought. I will still fulfill my obligations against Frampton, but that fight may be my last. Lost too much time from my family as it is”
A little while later and Herring posted out a text from his wife pleading with him to retire after facing Frampton. The image was accompanied with the following caption.
“The irony. This week I was just telling a reporter, how I understood and respected Cotto’s wife for wanting him to hang it up, because family is more important. I have two children with disabilities, battled through my own demons, yet I’m judged. I still love you ALL though.”
Who wins when Jamel Herring finally fights Carl Frampton?