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World champion wants to fight Frampton on Michael Conlan St Patrick’s Day card

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Jamel Herring [21(10)-2(1)] would love a St Patrick’s Day homecoming against Carl Frampton [26(15)-2(0)].

The WBO super-featherweight champion of the world made a successful defence of his title with a points win over Lamont Roach last weekend, the Marines veteran registering victory on Veteran’s Day.

After having his hand raised the American was adamant he wanted a major fight next. The 34-year-old’s preference was a unification battle, but he now claims the other champions and some other noted names are no longer keen.

So, stablemate Frampton has moved to the top of the champion’s wish list.

The native New Yorker believes ‘The Jackal’ is the only name willing to step up and sees the Belfast fighter as the perfect route back to New York.

“The only guy who wants to fight everyone is Carl Frampton. So, who knows. If he gets past my boy Tyler McCreary — shout out to Toledo, Ohio — then I’d love to face him next St. Patrick’s Day, head back home to New York and give our fans a big fight to remember,” Herring told Boxingscene.

As ‘Semper-Fi’ points out, the former two-weight world champion has to come through his first fight since last December’s defeat to Josh Warrington first, but that is something the Jamie Moore-trained puncher is confident of doing.

Then a clash with his fellow Top Rank fighter would appeal. Frampton has made it clear he wants straight back into world title action after his November 30, Las Vegas clash.

There would be featherweight options and some big fights at a weight the 32-year-old may be more suited to, including another stablemate in WBO 126lbs champ Shakur Stevenson – but Herring offers the chance to become Ireland’s first three-weight world champion.

Not to mention it’s an easy fight to make and a Frampton-Conlan double header in Madison Square Garden could be something quite special.

Speaking about other targets that now don’t want the fight him Herring added that “Oscar Valdez vacated his featherweight title, and was first in line for my title. He passed. Miguel Berchelt went from saying he wants to unify to suddenly forgetting how to pronounce my name.”


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 sports for a living for over 20 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