Potential Carl Frampton foe Jamel Herring won’t fight in Las Vegas on July 2 after testing positive for Covid 19.
The WBO super featherweight world champion was scheduled to put his title on the line against Jonathan Oquendo live on ESPN in the Top Rank bubble.
However, the former Marine tested positive for Covid last week and the fight now won’t take place on one of the Top Rank behind closed doors cards.
The 34-year-old took to social media to confirm yesterday.
Last week, I tested positive for COVID-19. That’s the bad news.— Jamel Herring (@JamelHerring) June 23, 2020
The good news however is, I feel ok and have self-isolated until I receive a clean bill of health. My WBO Junior Lightweight world title defense against Jonathan Oquendo will be rescheduled shortly.
Semper Fi 👑
The news shouldn’t effect Frampton’s three weight world title plans.
‘The Jackal’ was set to challenge the world champ on June 13 in Belfast but for the pandemic. The pair and their promoter Top Rank have continued to talk positively about the fight happening in the future.
Indeed, it’s widely believed that if both came through summer keep busy bouts they would meet late this year or early next, depending on when crowds were allowed to return to boxing.
The fact Herring claims his defence will be rescheduled may delay negotiations and possibly push back any tentative Frampton date.
Belfast’s Frampton will be out in in late July or early August on a BT Sports broadcast Frank Warren card and post that fight will be free to start plotting his shot at Irish boxing history.
Unfortunately it appears any ‘Semper Fi’ clash is unlikely to take part in Belfast with stateside in winter looking more likely.