Jamel Herring vs Carl Frampton Moved to Neutral Territory: How Will This Affect the Fight?

Published 02/20/2021, 6:30 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 05: In this handout image provided by Top Rank, Jamel Herring celebrates defeating Jonathan Oquendo during a Jr. Lightweight WBO World Title bout at MGM Grand Conference Center Grand Ballroom on September 05, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)


After a hand injury, ‘The Jackal’ Carl Frampton pulled out of his title fight against ‘Semper Fi’ Jamel Herring on February 27. Hence, the date of the fight was changed, but with recent reports, it looks like the fight will have a new location as well.

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Promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank was in a chat with The Athletic podcast, The Pug and Copp Boxing Show, wherein he talked about rescheduling this fight. (h/t Michael Benson)

The Top Rank CEO has two dates in mind- March 27 and April 3. Moreover, the fight might get moved to Dubai for the tentative dates.

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As Frampton hasn’t suffered a major injury, a month is just ideal for his recovery. This is principally why Arum is keen on booking this fight as early as he can, as both boxers will not have to take a break from training and can remain in shape and focus on their weight cuts.

Speaking with Sky Sports on his hand injury, Frampton said, “It is just a bit of a twinge to my hand, nothing too serious, but I have seen a specialist and his advice was to rest it.”

The veteran Frampton has waited for his super-featherweight comeback for a long time. But, it seems he’ll have to spend a bit more time to recover well and give his best shot against Herring.

He feels a substantial recovery period will help him heal completely, making him fight-ready in every sense. Furthermore, both the fighters are in their prime and this bout has the audacity to sell in massive numbers irrespective of the locational changes.

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Jamel Herring or Carl Frampton, who leaves the ring with the WBO super-featherweight belt? 

Herring and Frampton rank among the most prolific talents in boxing at present. Both of them will undoubtedly present each other with substantial challenges. It is tough to pick a favorite from the two, as the duo has all the skill sets in their arsenal to overpower each other.

Manchester , United Kingdom – 21 December 2018; Carl Frampton weighs in ahead of his IBF World Featherweight title bout against Josh Warrington at Manchester Central in Manchester, England. (Photo By David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

However, Frampton edges over Herring in terms of experience and time spent inside the squared circle. He has a 28-2 track-record and moving into a fight with ‘Semper’, he’ll look to claim the titles and add his 29th pro win.

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KISSIMMEE, FL – MAY 25: Jamel Herring celebrates his victory over du Masayuki Ito during the WBO World Title fight at Osceola Heritage Park on May 25, 2019 in Kissimmee, Florida. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

On the other side, Herring is one of the most improved fighters of recent times.

He won the super-featherweight title in 2019 and has defended it twice successfully. With a 22-2 record, ‘Semper’ sits at the peak of the super-featherweight roster and will not want to relinquish his throne.

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Frampton vs Herring has the makings of a thriller written all over it. Who do you think will win the bout and when will it be held?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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