Jamie Conlan confirms ‘awkward’ issue preventing Jamel Herring vs Carl Frampton conformation

We are one small stumbling block away from Carl Frampton [28(16)-2(0)] and Jamel Herring [22(10)-2(1)] being officially confirmed.

Jamie Conlan has revealed both are in camp preparing for the long since talked about world title fight.

The Vice President of MTK is hopeful an official announcement of a clash, that was originally scheduled for June 13 of this year and has been talked about positively since November last year, will come very soon.

It’s been obvious for over a year that both fighters are keen and it’s an easy clash to make as both are Top Rank promoted and MTK advised.

Indeed, terms have long since been agreed and now with both free to fight, a January clash should be confirmed soon. The only hurdle left to maneuver is getting the TV companies involved to agree on a date and time slot.

“It’s a bit of an awkward situation with the two broadcasters. ESPN have one date that they like and BT have a date that they like. We should have conformation this week on a date,” Conlan explained to IFL TV.

Irish-boxing.com believe the the fight will take place in London on January 16 or 17. BT Sports want to air it prime time in the UK while ESPN are keen to have prime time in America, meaning the fight may take place in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Former world title challenger Conlan confirmed both are aware of the possible time frame and both have started training.

“Both lads have started camp, we’ve given them a time scale on when it’s going to be. They know where they have to be in their mental and physical preparation and both have entered camp early.”

Conlan also confirmed the fight will take place in the UK and is hopeful some fans may be allowed attend.

Speaking in a separate IFL interview Bob Arum also confirmed the UK as the venue and again intimated January as the month Carl Frampton will attempt to become Ireland’s first ever three weight champion.

“It was supposed to be in December but now there are so many fights over there so Frank asked to do it in January. We said ok and we are just waiting for Frank to get a date. My understanding is that it’s going to happen in January.”

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