Jamel Herring to defend super featherweight title against former champ Frampton

WBO super featherweight champion Jamel Herring will defend the title against former champion Carl Frampton in Dubai this weekend.

Updated: April 1, 2021 • 8:40 AM ET

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The WBO super featherweight title will be on the line this Saturday, as Jamel Herring will defend the belt against former champion Carl Frampton in Dubai.

Herring (22-2, 10 KOs) is coming off a disqualification victory over Jonathon Oquendo in September, as Oquendo was disqualified for repeated headbutts. The victory was Herring’s second straight title defense after winning the title with a unanimous decision victory over Masayuki Ito in 2019, but the 35-year-old will face the toughest opponent of his career in Frampton.

Looking forward to testing his skills against a worthy opponent, Herring is aware of what he’ll be against this weekend. 

"I think it’ll be the biggest fight to date for me, because Carl Frampton’s name brings a lot to the table,” Herring said via The Pugilist. “But I won’t know until I get in there with him. I’ve been in there with guys like Denis Shafikov and Masayuki Ito and guys like that, so I give him all the credit in the world. He’s very skillful, and he has a lot of talent. But remember, he’s basically moving up into this weight class and I basically moved down. I just think it all depends who brings their A-game.”

Since losing by unanimous decision to Josh Warrington for the IBF featherweight title in 2018, Frampton (28-2, 16 KOs) has won his last two fights, including a seventh-round TKO of Darren Traynor in his most recent bout in August. The former two-weight world champion won the IBF super bantamweight title in 2014 and unified the belt by winning the WBA super bantamweight title in 2016. Frampton went on to hold the WBA super featherweight title from July 2016 to January 2017 and also held the WBO interim featherweight title in 2018.

Frampton, now 34 years old, is confident heading into the bout against Herring.

"Experience could be on the of the factors deciding the fight, but the final and most important factor is who is the best fighter and I feel I am the best all round fighter, I have more quality," Frampton told ESPN. "But I have to show people that I'm a better fighter on the night, and I genuinely feel I'm going to do a number on him. It won't even be close.

"He's a big guy, but I'm used to fighting big guys in sparring and have fought bigger guys my whole career. He will be the biggest guy I will have fought, but that excites me though, and puts fear in me. People think I'm going to just have to get close to him to land shots, but I feel I can genuinely outbox him and my footwork and hand speed is quicker than his. He's been training like he has to make weight, whereas I have been working on tactics.

"For me, it's been about sparring and pad work. Everything I do is catered around Jamel Herring, and we had sparring partners to replicate what he does."

• Start time/how to watch: The main card can be seen on ESPN+ at 4 p.m. this Saturday



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