Jamel Herring will put his WBO super-featherweight title on the line against the former two-weight world champion, Carl Frampton this weekend. The highly anticipated contest will take place at Caesars Palace in Dubai on Saturday.
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Carl Frampton has been mixing it with the best for almost a decade. The Northern Irishman first became a world champion by beating Kiko Martinez to claim the IBF super-bantamweight in 2014. Frampton made several defences of his strap before stepping up to featherweight for a highly anticipated and lucrative fight with Leo Santa Cruz. The 34-year-old put on the best performance of his career to upset the highly fancied Mexican fighter. Six months later the pair rematched. Frampton was on the wrong end of the majority decision verdict. ‘The Jackal’ has been unable to force a trilogy fight with Santa Cruz and failed in his big to win a third world title against Josh Warrington. Frampton has picked up back-to-back wins since that loss and is now jumping up in weight with making history in mind.
“It’s a huge fight and gives me the chance to become the island of Ireland’s only ever three-weight world champion, and one of the only ever Brits to do it,” Frampton said. “I’ve done it the hard way too, as I have beaten champions to win all my world titles.
“I have a lot of respect for Jamel Herring, as a man and as a fighter, but I have full confidence in myself that I will beat this guy. You’re always confident in every fight, but I feel this is meant to be and meant to happen. I will not let him take it off me.
“I will do whatever it takes to get my hand raised at the end of the fight. Jamel will be well up for this, but I am too, and I cannot wait to make history.”
Jamel Herring will be aiming to make the third defence of his WBO junior lightweight title on Saturday. ‘Semper Fi’ picked up his first world title in 2019 when he beat Masayuki Ito over 12 rounds. He again went to a decision in his first title defence which came against Lamont Roach Jr. Herring defended his title once again last time out, only this time the win came via DQ. His opponent, Jonathan Oquendo was thrown out of the fight for repeatably headbutting Herring. On paper, Frampton appears to be the toughest test of Herrings short title reign. He’s certainly the biggest name the American has faced during his 24-fight professional boxing career.
The bookmakers believe this is a 50/50 fight and have priced it accordingly. Herring is -110 to defend his title. Frampton is -110 to make history by become a three-weight champion.
Ultimately, we will be backing Frampton to do the business in Dubai.
He’s been there and done it at a much higher level than his opponent.
Frampton is probably past his best but still has plenty in the tank.
We expect he’ll just have abit too much for Herring and will most likely ease to a decision win or perhaps even force a late stoppage.
How do you see Jamel Herring vs. Carl Frampton playing out?