Jamel Herring To Walk Away After Frampton Fight?
The biggest fight of WBO Junior Lightweight World Champion Jamel Herring’s career still awaits him in February. However, there is some belief that that fight might be his last.
At least that’s a topic that we addressed on the most recent edition of the Big Fight Weekend Podcast. That’s when Senior Writer for the site, Marquis Johns, joined me to discuss the official reschedule date for Herring to take on Ireland’s Carl Frampton in London next month.
And, Marquis makes clear that he’s had people tell him, including Herring hint to him himself, that at 35 years of age he may look to simply walk away after this next title bout.
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It is compelling that Herring has had to battle Covid-19 back last fall before he eventually successfully defending his title via disqualification against Jonathan Oquendo in Las Vegas. That was the now 35 year old Herring’s second offense of the championship that he won in May of 2019.
As for Frampton, he’s (28-2, 16 KOs) and has held the Unified Junior Featherweight and Featherweight World Championships but has recently moved up to 130 lb. He last fought in the middle of August in an easy win over late replacement Darren Traynor at the BT Sport Television Studios in London.
One compelling counterpoint to possible retirement we discussed on the podcast is: Herring is about to make the most money that he has ever garnered in his professional career for this battle against the former two-division world champion Frampton.
And clearly, if Herring wins this bout, then there is a looming title defense with former WBO featherweight Champion, Shakur Stevenson. The unbeaten, 22 year old Stevenson is currently ranked number one by the WBO and would be Herrings mandatory for later in the year.
Clearly, a win over Frampton would set up Herring to make seven figures in a payday for that title defense with the younger Stevenson.
So, will “money talk?”
Or, could the man known as “Semper Fi” walk?