Carl Frampton will finally get in the ring for his attempt to become a three-weight world champion when he takes on Jamel Herring on April 3.
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.
The fight was scheduled to take place on February 27, but Frampton has been forced to pull out with a hand injury meaning the bout is postponed for now. The original venue was supposed to be the Copper Box Arena, but the rearranged date of April 3 will see the fight take place at The Rotunda Caesars Palace Bluewaters in Dubai.
Jamel Herring v Carl Frampton: Fighter’s Predictions
Carl Frampton: “Delighted to get this the new date and venue confirmed, it’s definitely been a rollercoaster to get here, and I want to thank my team at MTK Global, Queensberry and Top Rank for getting this over the line. This is my chance to make history and fans or no fans, this fight is going to be one fight fans will remember. Jamel is a tough opponent, but I’ve put the work in, I have a fire lit inside me and I’m confident that this legacy fight will go in my favour on the night, I’ll be leaving it all in the ring.”
Jamel Herring: “All of the postponements have been frustrating, but I’m happy that this fight is still happening. I want to thank Top Rank, my manager Brian McIntyre and MTK for working behind the scenes to keep things on track because it definitely wasn’t easy keeping this event together. I still have the same hunger I had when this fight was first presented. After watching the great performance Oscar Valdez showcased over the weekend, I’m definitely looking forward to making a statement in this exciting division. I know a victory over Frampton will lead to bigger and better things down the road, but I have to take care of Carl Frampton first and I’m totally focused on defending my title on April 3.”
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