Carl Frampton pledges to ‘bolster his legacy’ and be ‘the best fighter in Irish history’ by beating ex-US Marine Jamel Herring in the showdown with Dubai, while The Jackal offers to become the first three-weights world champion of his own. country.
- Carl Frampton and Jamel Herring are ready for their WBO world title fight in Dubai
- Pride of Belfast believes he can confirm his status as Ireland’s best fighter
- He would outshine his former mentor Barry McGuigan in that regard if he wins
- Herring, 35, is a former US Marine who has served in Iraq twice
- The fight will be broadcast for free in the UK on Channel 5
The jackal is howling in the desert this Saturday night, and when the sandstorm recedes, Carl Frampton hopes he will emerge as a boxing legend.
Frampton becomes the first boxer from the island of Ireland to become a three-weight world champion when he defeats former US Marine Jamel Herring in Dubai.
“I will strengthen my legacy here,” says Belfast pride. The best Carl Frampton beats the best Jamel Herring. Hopefully I would perish as the greatest fighter in Irish history. ‘
Carl Frampton believes he can confirm his status as Ireland’s best ever boxer if he beats Jamel Herring in their showdown in Dubai on Saturday night.
The Jackal (right) aspires to become his country’s first three-weight world champion
If so, he would deprive Barry McGuigan of that award, being his mentor and manager until they fell out of friendship and went to court.
But while that might soften the moment all the more on a personal level, Frampton can’t hide his respect for McGuigan, the boxer.
He says: ‘It has been 35 years since Barry beat the great Eusebio Pedroza to become world featherweight champion and people are still talking about that incredible night at Loftus Road.
‘It would be very satisfying if there were similar memories of me. All fighters dream of becoming legends.
‘I am very proud of everything I have achieved in my career so far. But to make Irish history and join the elite ranks of global fighters to win titles in three divisions would mean anything to me. ‘
Former US Marine Jamel Herring is standing in the way of Frampton in the UAE this weekend
Frampton, 34, says becoming world title holder in a third division ‘would mean the world’
As a 34-year-old former Super Bantamweight and Super Featherweight World Champion, this shot at the WBO junior lightweight crown offers a real opportunity to fulfill that ambition.
Frampton is already honored in Belfast. There, like McGuigan before him, he not only entranced the crowd with his all-in-one action exploits in the ring, but also influenced peace after marrying across the sectarian divide.
If he is to crown his glory, he knows he will have to regain the top form that took him to victory in his super featherweight title rematch in America against the excellent Mexican Leo Santa Cruz four years ago, Frampton is also aware that he has to do it. this weekend against an equally tough and motivated champion.
Herring, a few months older at 35, is the product of a troubled childhood in New York that led him to enroll in the Marines. His ring pseudonym is Semper Fi, which means Always Loyal, which is the motto of the Marine Corps, with whom he served twice in Iraq.
Frampton (left) pictured during his 2018 loss to Josh Warrington at featherweight
He says: ‘You dream of winning a world title. But then what? You want to build a legacy by taking on great fighters and I see Frampton as one of them. As someone I can define my career against. ‘
Frampton has questioned the American’s wisdom in delaying his arrival in Dubai until just seven days before the fight, saying: ‘That doesn’t seem long enough to adjust to an 11-hour time difference for him and to acclimate to the heat. I think that gives me an important advantage. ‘
Herring states: ‘I traveled around the world with the Marines, including to the Middle East. I am used to the changes of time and neither that nor the heat has ever bothered me. Since I arrived, I have been training very comfortably in the battle time in the evenings. ‘
Frampton’s fight with Herring will be broadcast for free in the UK on Channel 5
Neither was overly impressive last time, last summer. Herring was helped by a slow title defense when Jonathan Oquendo was disqualified for headbutts.
Speaking of his own performance, in a routine intermediate win against Darren Traynor by a break from the seventh round, Frampton says: “No, that wasn’t brilliant. But we both know this is going to be a tough fight and we have to be our best. ‘
If so, the free-to-air viewer on Channel 5 will be in for a treat.
And if so, Frampton’s superior pedigree, derived from higher quality opponents, should let him take that place in history that he craves.
Herring v Frampton will be broadcast live on Channel 5 this Saturday night.