Miguel Cotto promoted fighter confirmed for Frampton target Jamel Herring’s title defence

Jamel Herring will put his WBO super featherweight world title on the line this Summer, but not against Carl Frampton.

According to the generally in the know Mike Coppinger the American will defend his title against Jonathan Oquendo on July 2.

The Top Rank fighter has reportedly agreed terms to defend against the WBO #11 on a behind closed door card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As a result ‘Polvo’ becomes a treat to Frampton’s three weight world title ambitions.

If the 36-year-old manages to upset the 34-year-old to claim the title, the fact he is not Top Rank aligned means there is no guarantee he will defend against ‘The Jackal’. Not to mention he would most likely be tied into a rematch clause.

If Herring emerges unscathed there is no doubt he will look to fight the Belfast fighter. ‘Semper Fi’ was set to fight the former two weight world champion in June and both parties and their promoter Bob Arum remain keen on the fight.

Frampton and Irish fight fans will be happy to hear those in the know feel Herring will have to much for the Puerto Rican.

Oquendo claimed the WBO Latino ranking title in his last fight, but lost to Lamont Roach, the fighter Herring beat to claim the world title, last summer.

Also at 36 his best years are said to be behind him.

The news of Herring’s bout suggests that Frampton will most likely appear as suggested in Belfast in August.

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