History not histrionics -Carl Frampton focused on achieving Irish boxing first

It’s all about history and not histrionics for Carl Frampton [28(16)-2(0)] as he closes in on a clash with Jamel Herring [22(10)2(1)]

‘The Jackal’ is currently training for a clash with the American and a tilt at his WBO super featherweight world title.

The fight hasn’t been officially announced, but everything is agreed in principle and the pair are expected to trade leather in England in early 2021.

Both fighters have been polite to each other throughout a prolonged build up – the clash was all but agreed as far back as November 2019 and the pandemic prevented it taking place in Belfast on June 13- but Frampton doesn’t need any bad blood or dislike for his opponent to force him to go the extra mile in training.

The chance to make history is motivation enough for the Jamie Moore trained Belfast fight.

“I can create history and become a three-weight world champion,” Frampton told the BBC.

“There’s never been an Irish three-weight world champion so for me to have the chance to do that I feel I’m in a lucky position and I’ll do everything to make sure that happens. I’m determined to win this fight and I’ve a strong confidence in myself that I will become a three-weight world champion.”

The former unified super bantamweight and featherweight champion has had an usually long amount of time to studying his opponent – and having done his homework expects a tough challenge come late January or early February.

“It will be an extremely difficult fight but I believe I can beat this guy,” said the 33-year-old.

“He’s easily the biggest man I’ve ever fought and a southpaw as well. They’re all taller than me and I’ve fought taller people all my career. We’re going to be the same weight on the night,” he adds.

“I’m feeling sharp and where I need to be. I am working on things I think that will work against Jamel Herring.”

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