Carl Frampton is keen to become the first Irish fighter to win world titles in three weight classes when he takes on WBO super featherweight champion Jamel Herring in Dubai on Saturday.
But while it may be a historic night for Frampton, it could also be his last – the Northern Irishman has said he will ‘withdraw’ if he fails to defeat Herring, known as’ Fighting Marine ” after completing two missions. in Iraq with the US Marines.
When is Frampton vs Herring?
The fight takes place in Dubai on Saturday April 3 – with the main event at some point after 10 p.m. The fight was originally scheduled for February 27, but had to be postponed after Frampton injured his hand.
What are the fighters saying?
Frampton, who will have hundreds of fan messages printed on his shorts on fight night, said: “In order for me to win this fight, I have to be perfect. If I achieve my game plan, I believe I will win this fight. . to fight.
“I am very proud of what I have done in my career so far. But the chance to become the only three-weight world champion in the whole island of Ireland, and only the fourth in Great Britain , will put me in an elite group of fighters across the world, and that would make me very proud to do so. “
Frampton coach Jamie Moore, who has worked with Tyson Fury, Amir Khan and Martin Murray, said: “Since that game was made I liked it for Carl. I think he has all the attributes and style to make. history. He’s right up there with the most talented fighters I’ve ever worked with. “
WBO Champion Herring considers Frampton his toughest test – but he has a five-inch height and a reach advantage.
He said, “Of course you always want to use your physical attributes in any fight. But I’ll always give Carl respect. He probably beats me in the experience department. He’s been in those great fights. . 2016 has been a big year for him. Scott Quigg, Leo Santa Cruz, but it’s been a while since those days, and he was in the lower weight classes as well.
“My mindset as a fighter is to prepare for the best Carl Frampton possible. I know the photos and videos are out there, but I have to train like Carl is actually the world champion. . He’s a two-division world champion and I give him that honor and respect. But I feel like for me, overall, I’m in the best shape of my life. It’s a huge fight for my heritage.
“This is his last chance and he wants to make history. Of course, you have to expect the best performance he can achieve. But at the same time, I have a lot of goals and dreams that I still want to accomplish. We’re gonna have to see what it is, but I’m definitely ready for whatever he throws at me. “
What TV channel is it on?
The fight will be broadcast unencrypted on Channel 5, with coverage starting at 10 p.m.
Who is on the sub-map?
- Zhankosh Turarov vs. Tyrone McKenna (WBO Inter-Continental Superlight Title)
- Donnie Nietes vs Pablo Carrillo (vacant WBO International Superfly title)
- Tursynbay Kulakhmet vs Heber Rondon (WBC International super welterweight title)
- Faizan Anwar vs. Evgenii Vazem (welterweight)
- Keyshawn Davis vs Richman Ashelley (lightweight)
- Fahad Al Bloushi vs Suraj (super featherweight)
What is our prediction?
Gareth A Davies: Frampton has certainly operated throughout his career against a higher class of opponent than Herring – witness Leo Santa Cruz, Scott Quigg, Nonito Donaire, Kiko Martinez, to name just some of the best boxers he has beaten. – but at 34, and in a heavier weight bracket than ever before, Frampton has to be on point in that fight.
Timing your shots and getting in and out smart will be key. Frampton will need to use skillful footwork to get inside to let his punches go against the southpaw, who works brilliantly behind his jab. If Frampton can set a pace early in the fight and drag the American into a dog fight, he can make it his night. It’s a tough call, but Frampton will put everything at stake, and can make a tight decision if he’s at his best.