Jamel Herring Discusses Fighting Carl Frampton In UK

WBO Junior-Lightweight Champion Jamel Herring has detailed his mindset going into his bout with Carl Frampton in the UK.

Herring has long expressed his desire to fight Frampton in enemy territory. He will get his wish on February 27, although not under the circumstances he envisioned. There will not be a capacity crowd for the matchup due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While it isn’t typical for the champion to travel to the challenger’s hometown, it’s something Herring wanted. He told BBC SPORT NI that it’s unfortunate he can’t fight in front of a raucous crowd (h/t Bad Left Hook).

“The title is world champion. I want to be that old school, throwback fighter that fought everywhere. It sucks that I can’t experience that European atmosphere, whether it was in Belfast or London. I was a 2012 Olympian, so I did compete in London. I love fights here in the States, but there’s no better atmosphere for a huge fight than the UK or Ireland. That was always my goal.

“My 2012 Olympian teammate, Errol Spence, I kinda envied him when we went over to fight Kell Brook. Even though he was the visitor, the atmosphere was just amazing in that fight, and I wanted to be part of something like that in my own career, in my own right. But things happen. It wasn’t Carl’s fault, it wasn’t my fault, we’re going through a pandemic, but I’m just grateful to still have the opportunity to get a big fight on my resume.”

Herring last competed back in September 2020. He successfully defended his WBO gold against Jonathan Oquendo via disqualification. Oquendo was disqualified for leaning in with his head multiple times, causing a cut above Herring’s eye.

Frampton’s last outing took place back in August 2020. He stopped Darren Traynor in the seventh round via TKO.

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