Report- Jamel Herring Carl Frampton Bout Back On For April
The repeated on again, off again, WBO Jr. Lightweight title fight between champ Jamel Herring and challenger Carl Frampton is apparently…back on, again.
This is according to a Tuesday afternoon report from Jake Donovan of Boxingscene.com, who had info on the latest re-scheduled date for the title fight that was scrapped again, just last week:
— BoxingScene.com (@boxingscene) February 23, 2021
Donovan has learned that Herring-Frampton has now been moved from London to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with Saturday April 3rd as the targeted date. An expected official announcement should be coming in the new few days.
This comes on the heels of last week’s latest developments/postponement of Herring’s third title defense.
As we wrote last week, the fight, which has a re-schedule date of this Saturday, February 27th, had been postponed for what was claimed to be a hand injury by Frampton. However, boxing insider Dan Rafael dug deeper and confirmed that the bout was being moved due to money problems and the lack of any U.S. television deal being struck.
There was so much uncertainty that Herring and his camp had not received any plane tickets or flight info to come to the U.K. two weeks before the fight was supposed to take place.
The 35 year old former two tour of duty Marine Herring is 22-2, having contracted and then, overcome Covid 19 in August. That delayed his title defense in Las Vegas with little known journeyman Jonathan Oquendo for several weeks. But, Herring eventually won a sloppy DQ (photo above), as Oquendo was more interested in mauling and fouling him.
As for Frampton, the former two division world champ who is moving up to 130 lb., he’s (28-2, 16 KOs) and has held the Unified Junior Featherweight and Featherweight World Championships. Frampton last fought in the middle of August in an easy win over late replacement Darren Traynor at the BT Sport Television Studios in London.
WBO top ranked Jr. Lightweight Shakur Stevenson looks to meet the winner later in 2021.
The hope is that potentially some fans, socially distanced, may be able to attend in the UAE for the bout. It is expected that the fight will be held on a time line for late night in the U.K. and late Saturday afternoon, if a television deal can be struck for the U.S.