The title fight between Jamel Herring and Carl Frampton is finally official.
Herring is the WBO Junior-Lightweight Champion. Frampton, who has held major gold in the past, is looking for his fifth world title if you include his run as the interim WBO Featherweight Champion. Herring is in search of his third successful title defense. The fight has long been in the works but has been hindered by delays.
The fight announcement was made by MTK Global. Herring vs. Frampton will take place in London. Here’s what Queensberry Promotions head honcho Frank Warren had to say about the matchup.
“I am thrilled we are able to deliver this huge opportunity for Carl to reinforce his position as the top Irish fighter of his or any other generation.
“Carl has been and is a tremendous ambassador for the sport and his huge following is a testament to the qualities he shows in and out of the ring. The only downside to this fight coming about now is that he will be going into battle without his legion of Belfast fans roaring him on.
“For Carl to become a three-weight world champion would really be something else and in many ways a fitting finale to a magnificent career, although it might not quite be the end of the story.
“Herring is a top fighter and a gentleman who we are looking forward to welcoming over for a huge night on BT Sport.”
Herring also chimed in on the fight and heaped praise on the title challenger.
“I’m really excited that the fight is finally happening, more importantly it’ll be an honor to share the ring with a true warrior, and class act such as Carl Frampton. It may be the biggest fight of my career to date, but I’ll be more than ready for the task ahead.
“There’s a lot on the line, and I know he’s aiming to make history, but he’ll have to wait another day, because I plan on returning home with my title in hand. I’ve been training very hard for this fight, and went back to what got me to my world title from sparring the likes of Terence Crawford and other top talent across the nation. I can’t wait to put on a great show!”
Frampton also returned the favor but he made it clear that he’s coming to win on fight night.
“I have the upmost respect for Jamel as a fighter and as a man but there is nobody stopping me on becoming the island of Irelands only ever 3 weight world champ, one of Britain’s only ever 3 weight world champions and potentially have one foot in the hall of fame.”