Carl Frampton not giving up on Jamel Herring world title fight

Carl Frampton [27(15)-2(0)] remains confident he will eventually get the chance to fight Jamel Herring [21(10)-2(1)] for his WBO super featherweight world title.

‘The Jackal’ was initially hoping he would at this point be finishing up his camp ahead of a June 13 Windsor Park world title fight.

However, a clash, which has been talked about positively since the pair shook hands in the ring post the Belfast fighters stoppage win over Tyler McCreery last November, was struck down by COVID 19.

There was suggestion the clash would take place once boxing resumed, but it was agreed the bout was too big for behind closed doors.

As a result both look set for summer tunes up’s. Herring will defend his title against Jonathan Oquendo  in Las Vegas on July 2, while Frampton faces a yet to be confirmed opponent in the UK on a yet to be confirmed date.

The two clashes and the possibility of upsets puts the world title fight in some jeopardy, not to mention Herring may be due a mandatory after making a voluntary defence.

However, three weight world title hopeful, Frampton is confident wins for both will set up the now much talked about world title fight.

“It’s still the fight that I want,” said Frampton on BBC Sport. “If we both win our next fights then I’m pretty sure it will go ahead.

“Where it will be or when it will be I’m not so sure. He still seems keen. He keeps mentioning my name and talks about wanting to fight me, and I want the chance to become a three-weight world champion.

“It’s a case of one fight at a time in this game and at this stage of my career, but I feel like the fight with Jamel will happen at some point.”

The 33-year-old Jamie Moore trained fighter is rumoured to be out in late July or early August.

‘The Jackal’ has the option of appearing on one of the MTK Fight Nights, but it’s most likely he will trade leather on a Frank Warren BT Studio show.

The fighter himself has yet to be given a date and there has been no mention of a potential opponent.

“I haven’t had a concrete date yet, or an opponent, but I’ve been told to get ready for a fight so that is what I am doing,” said Frampton told Mike Costello and Steve Bunce before revealing he has no issue with fighting behind closed doors.

“I boxed at a reasonably high level as an amateur, travelling the world and I wasn’t fighting in front of many people. It is something that I am half used to. It’s going to be a strange feeling not having anyone there. I suppose you don’t spar in front of many people and you’re always trying to get one over on your sparring partner.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com