Jamel Herring vs. Carl Frampton on April 3, live on ESPN+ and Channel 5 (UK)
Herring vs Frampton and the Zhankosh Turarov-Tyrone McKenna co-feature will stream live on ESPN+ at a new time (4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT) – Undercard action will now stream live on ESPN+ at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.
Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring’s WBO junior lightweight world title defense against Belfast’s former two-weight world champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton — Saturday, April 3 from Caesars Bluewaters Dubai — will stream live and exclusively in the United States on ESPN+.
Herring-Frampton will headline a two-bout broadcast beginning at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. In the 10-round junior welterweight co-feature, undefeated Kazakh star Zhankosh Turarov will fight Belfast native Tyrone McKenna.
“This is a fight that’s been in the works for a very long time, and I expect both Jamel and Carl to be at their best,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “It’s an even matchup, and I am pleased that fans in the United States can watch it live on ESPN+.”
Herring (22-2, 10 KOs) has made two defenses of the title he won from Masayuki Ito in May 2019, most recently defeating Puerto Rican challenger Jonathan Oquendo via disqualification last September at the MGM Grand Las Vegas Bubble. He was originally scheduled to face Frampton last summer in Belfast, but COVID-19 intervened.
Frampton (28-2, 16 KOs), who won world titles at junior featherweight and featherweight, hopes to make history as the island of Ireland’s first three-division world champion.
He has won two straight bouts since losing a unanimous decision to Josh Warrington in December 2018 for the IBF featherweight world title. In his lone ring appearance of 2020, Frampton knocked out late replacement foe Darren Traynor in the seventh round.
Undercard action streaming on ESPN+ includes:
Former four-weight world champion Donnie Nietes (42-1-5, 23 KOs) returns to action after more than two years away from the ring and will fight an opponent to be named in a 10-rounder at junior bantamweight. Nietes, from the Philippines, is one of four Asian fighters in boxing history to capture world titles in four weight classes.
Keyshawn Davis (1-0, 1 KOs), a former U.S. amateur standout who captured a silver medal at the 2019 World Championships, will take on an opponent to be named in a six-round lightweight bout.
CHANNEL 5 TO BROADCAST HERRING VS FRAMPTON LIVE
Channel 5 today confirms that it will broadcast Herring VS Frampton LIVE on Saturday night, 3rd April, free to air for UK fans. The highly anticipated WBO super-featherweight title fight between Jamel Herring and Carl Frampton will be broadcast on the public service broadcaster, live from The Rotunda at Caesars, Bluewaters, Dubai.
After much speculation as to a UK broadcaster, Channel 5 confirmed that it will broadcast Herring VS Frampton LIVE from 10pm on Saturday night. Post-fight, time permitting, Channel 5 will show highlights from the undercard including the WBO Intercontinental super-lightweight title fight between Zhankosh Turarov (Kazakhstan) VS Tyrone McKenna from Belfast and a Lightweight fight between Keyshawn Davis (USA) VS Richman Ashelley (Ghana).
Carl Frampton said: “I am absolutely delighted that my fight will be shown to the masses on free to air TV and to have a huge audience watching me make history is truly special”
SATURDAY, April 3, 2021
ESPN+, 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT
Jamel Herring vs. Carl Frampton, 12 rounds, Herring’s WBO Junior Lightweight World Title
Zhankosh Turarov vs.Tyrone McKenna, 10 rounds, Turarov’s WBO Intercontinental Junior Welterweight Title
ESPN+, 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT
Keyshawn Davis vs. Richman Ashelley, 6 rounds, lightweight
Donnie Nietes vs. Pablo Carrillo, 10 rounds, vacant WBO International Junior Bantamweight Title
Tursynbay Kulakhmet vs. Heber Rondon, 10 rounds, Kulakhmet’s WBC International Super Welterweight Title
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