Concrete Plans – Bob Arum reveals date is set for Herring-Frampton fight

The date is set.

Barring disaster, Carl Frampton [27(15)-2(0)] will fight for the WBO super featherweight world title this November.

Top Rank boss Bob Arum has revealed that a fight between Frampton and champion Jamel Herring [21(10)-2(1)] is “done”.

A fight mooted since last year, the pair were set to face in June before the COVID crisis hit. Keep-busy bouts then came into frame, with Frampton facing replacement Darren Traynor this Saturday night in London while Herring will next month defend his belt versus Jonathan Oquendo having twice seen this fight postponed.

Win these two fights, as form and oddsmakers suggest, and it’s on to November and a selected, albeit withheld, date.

Arum outlined how “Jamel Herring will defend his title against Oquendo, finally. We had two postponements due to the coronavirus so that fight will take place on September 5,” he revealed yesterday.

“If Jamel is successful and if Carl is successful on Saturday, I have a date picked out in November when they will fight for the title – that is done and everybody is on board.

“One thing I can’t control is the virus but we are going to do that fight in November.”

For Frampton, it will be a chance to become Ireland’s first ever three-weight world champion but it will most likely take place across the Atlantic.

Going into further details, Arum suggested that the clash will be in champion Herring’s home country of America and may even be behind closed doors at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The veteran fight maker explained how “it may be another ‘bubble’ fight with no fans, and I know we’ll have to get Carl over to the States to do it, but if both guys win these interim fights you can count on the fight between Herring and Frampton in November.”

Joe O'Neill

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