Carl Frampton will be looking to become the first Irishman to be a three-weight world champion when he takes on Jamel Herring on February 27. Can 'The Jackal' make history, or will the American keep hold of his WBO Super Featherweight title?
Jamel Herring v Carl Frampton Betting Tips & Predictions
I think it is safe to say that one day Carl Frampton will be in the Boxing Hall of Fame. The Belfast-born fighter has only been beaten twice in his career, and during his time as a professional boxer he has won titles at two different weights.
Victory over Herring would see him win the WBO Super Featherweight title, having already been world champion at Super Bantamweight and Featherweight. I am a massive fan of Frampton – expect when he is fighting North West of England fighters – and I do believe he will have too much skill, power and experience for Herring to handle.
Herring is a good fighter, he has lost just two of his 24 fights, but he is currently on a six-fight winning streak. He won the Super Featherweight title back in May 2019 when he won a unanimous decision against Masayuki Ito.
His first title defence saw him go the distance against Lamont Roach Jr in November 2019, while his second defence saw him win via disqualification after Jonathan Oquendo was thrown out for repeated headbutts.
Frampton will not resort to those kinds of tactics. There is a lot of mutual respect between the two fighters, but Frampton has been around long enough and been in with some brilliant fighters to know how to get the job done. Herring will have never been in the ring with someone of Frampton’s calibre. I expect Frampton to go to the body quite a lot in this contest, and that will allow him to get Herring out of there in the latter rounds.
I’m conflicted on how this one will end, I have a strong feeling that this could go the whole distance, but I am refusing to use that as a kop out. I am backing the Irishman to stop Herring in the 10th with numerous shots to the body.
Road To Jamel Herring v Carl Frampton
When it was announced that Frampton was moving to the Super Featherweight (Junior Lightweight) division, it was only a matter of time before he was handed a title shot.
The Irishman is no stranger to holding titles. His first world title was the IBF Super Bantamweight when he defeated Kiko Martinez, before he added the WBA version after going the distance with Scott Quigg.
He then moved up to Featherweight and became the WBA (Super) Featherweight champion thanks to a majority decision win over Leo Santa Cruz in July 2016 – before losing the belt to the same opponent six months later.
Frampton always wants to be involved in the big fights. His last defeat was back in December 2018 when he was beaten by Josh Warrington for the IBF Featherweight belt in Manchester. Since then, he has recorded victories over Tyler McCreary and Darren Traynor, and he believes he is in the best shape of his career to become a three-weight world champion.
Herring is no mug, he is a deserved champion, but I don’t think he understands who he is going in the ring with. He will not get Frampton to quit, so his best tactics will be to dominate from the off. And again, I’m not sure Frampton will allow him to do that.
Herring turned professional in 2012 and has won 22 of his 24 fights – his only defeats have been against Denis Shafikov and Ladarius Miller. Now, both of those are good fighters in their own right but, they are not as clinical and smart as Frampton.
This will be Herring’s third defence of his title, and it will be a torrid night for the American. Frampton isn’t the kind of fighter to go and knock Herring’s head off in the first round. He will take his time and eventually work on the body to get a late stoppage or win on points.
There is plenty of respect between Frampton and Herring, and that is good to see, this will be an amazing fight and I truly believe we will see history made.
Jamel Herring v Carl Frampton: Fighter’s Predictions
Carl Frampton: “I have lot of respect for Herring, I respect him as a man and a fighter, but I have full confidence in myself that I will beat this guy. I think it is meant to be and meant to happen, so I’m not going to let him take it off me. I feel like I will do whatever it takes to have my hand raised at the end of the fight. There are a few things I’d like to say to him though. He reacts to everything I’ve said online. If people don’t have the same opinion of him as how the fight goes, he reacts to it. Jamel seems to be a good guy, but he threw a sly dig at Tommy Coyle last night and called him a glorified sparring partner. He said that because Coyle said he feels like I’ll win. He’s my friend and has seen me up close and personal, so Jamel should not be offended by this and he shouldn’t react to this. It’s a bit of mudslinging and there is no need to do it. Tommy Coyle is a good fighter and has done a lot more than he wanted to do when he turned professional. For Jamel to call Tommy a sparring partner, it was very disrespectful. He doesn’t need to react to anything. Some think he’ll win, some think I’ll win. It doesn’t bother me if they think he’ll win. He needs to chill out, and I’ll see you in London on February 27. I’m delighted it’s here. This fight has been talked about for well over a year. It’s a huge fight and it gives me the chance to become a three-weight world champion. I’ll be the island of Ireland’s only ever three-weight world champion. I’ve done it the hard way. I’ve beaten champions to win all of my titles. I beat a champion at super-bantamweight, then unified against Quigg, then beat a champion at featherweight, and now I’ll beat one at super-featherweight.”
Jamel Herring: “I’m really excited that the fight is finally happening, more importantly it’ll be an honour 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!”