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“Bring it on” – Carl Frampton wants St Patrick’s Day showdown with Jamel Herring

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‘Bring it on’ that’s Carl Frampton’s response to St Patrick’s Day Jamel Herring [21(10)-2(1)-0] talk. 

The WBO super featherweight champion suggested a number of potential future opponents after he made the first defence of his title against Lamont Roach just over a week ago. 

Names like Oscar Valdez, Miguel Berchelt and Andrew Cancio all passed the American’s lips, but he was more convincing when discussing ‘The Jackal’. 

‘Semper Fi’ suggested he would like to fight his fellow Top Rank fighter in New York on St Patrick’s Day – and Belfast’s Frampton [26(15)-2(0)] is certainly open to the suggestion. 

The two weight world champion has his own challenge to come through first, as he faces Tyler McCreary in Las Vegas on November 30, but once that challenge is navigated he is more than willing to fight the 34-year-old world champ.

“Fresh from retaining his WBO super featherweight title, Jamel Herring has said that he wants to defend against me on St Patrick’s Day next year. Bring it on,” Frampton said in his Sunday Life column.

“First of all I’ve got to deal with Tyler McCreary in two weeks’ time in Las Vegas but all being well, if that fight was formally offered to me I would have no trouble facing Herring.

“He has stated that former WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez doesn’t want to face him and neither does the WBC super featherweight king Miguel Berchelt, so he has called me out to see if I’m up for it.”

Defeat McCreary in Las Vegas in two weeks time and the Jamie Moore trained Frampton will have options, but Herring offers him the chance to become Ireland’s first ever three weight world champion.

“It’s a chance to become a three-weight world champion – the first Irish fighter to achieve such a feat – and with the right terms I wouldn’t turn it down, for sure. Clearly with Herring coming from New York it would be a huge fight in the Big Apple on St Patrick’s night, but I need to keep my focus on McCreary.”


Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie