By Tim Royner: Promoter Frank Warren has revealed that terms are agreed for WBO super featherweight champion Jamel Herring to defend against Carl Frampton for a still to be determined date and venue.
If the Herring (21-2, 10 KOs) vs. Frampton (27-2, 15 KOs) fight takes place in June, it’ll be an excellent one, but that’ll be up to the government. Like a lot of these cards, Herring-Frampton might wind up being postponed.
Herring vs. Frampton will need to be cleared by the government
Announcing that Frampton, 33, is fighting Herring in June sounds like a great fight in theory, but if it doesn’t happen soon, fans will be upset. As long as Northern Ireland allows large mass gatherings of people for sporting events by June 13, then the Herring vs. Frampton fight can take place for that month.
It could take place on June 13 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as long as the coronavirus situation has blown over by then. This won’t be an easy fight for Frampton against the American.
Although the 34-year-old Herring is technically older than Frampton, he doesn’t have as much ring wear, and he’s fighting at a higher level. Moreover, Herring has been fighting better opposition lately.
In Herring’s last two fights, he defeated Lamong Roach and Masayuki Ito. Those are fighters that would give Frampton all kinds of problems, and might even beat him.
Does Frampton have anything left?
The former two-division world champion was a good fighter during the best years of his career, but the sad reality is he hasn’t beaten a quality opponent since his grueling 12 round decision victory over the former four-division world champion Nonito Donaire in April 2018.
That was two years ago. Since then, Frampton has beaten lower-level fighters Tyler McCreary and Luke Jackson, and he suffered a defeat at the hands of IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington in December 2018. Warrington pushed a fast pace that wore Frampton down and had him huffing & puffing.
Following Frampton’s defeat to Warrington, he took 11 months off from boxing to deal with an injury problem before returning on November 30 to defeat McCreary by a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision.
— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) March 18, 2020
Right now, you have to go give Herring the edge against Frampton due to the ay he’s fighting, and the fact that he’s been busy.
Frampton has done a lot of great things with his career, but it’s been ages since he beat a live dog.
Carl’s best wins:
- Scott Quigg
- Nonito Donaire
- Horacio Garcia
- Leo Santa Cruz – *controversial decision
- Alejandro Gonzalez Jr
- Chris Avalos
- Kiko Martinez
- Hugo Fidel Cazares
- Steve Molitor
- Jeremy Parodi