Jamel Herring Says Carl Frampton Fight May Be His Last

Jamel Herring

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?