Carl Frampton [28(16)-2(0)] may now have to wait until 2021 to challenge Jamel Herring [22(10)-2(1)] for his WBO super featherweight.
December 19 and London were recently muted as the latest date and venue for a world title fight that is over a year in the making.
However, it now appears December could prove to early for ‘The Jackal’.
The Belfast fighters court case with former manager Barry McGuigan resumes in November, creating time frame issues.
Frampton will have to be present at the Belfast High Court meaning camp will be interrupted.
The former two weight world champion camps in Manchester under trainer Jamie Moore, so a return to Belfast for court proceedings would be far from ideal.
Indeed, trying to prepare for a historic fight against a world champion mid a multi million pound legal battle would be would be nigh on negligent.
As a result, it now seems Frampton’s challenge of Herring has again been pushed back again.
A June 13 Windsor Park world title fight was agreed earlier in the year only for the pandemic to ruin those plans.
There was then tentative talk of August and New York, before Belfast appeared to become an option again.
Both got tick over wins a number of weeks ago, Frampton against Darren Traynor, while Herring retained his title after a fight with Jonathan Oquendo.
The fact the world champ suffered a cut in his defence meant an initially proposed late November date was a no go – and then there was worries WBO mandatory Shakur Stevenson might throw a spanner in the works.
The Stevenson issue is now sorted with the winner having to face the former featherweight world champ within 90 days – and Herring it appears will be fit to fight.
It’s somewhat disappointing news Irish fight fans were looking forward to a big December with both Michael Conlan and Frampton fighting.
However injury has forced Conlan out of his proposed December 5 fight with Isaac Dogboe and Frampton Herring looks set to be a fight for 2021.