Carl Frampton will have the chance to become the first three-weight world champion in history when he takes on Jamel Herring on Saturday night in Dubai.
Frampton, who hasn’t competed for a world title since losing his to Josh Warrington in 2018, had to be patient, with the fight initially being postponed after the outbreak of the coronavirus, before the scheduled February 27 date was postponed again because the Irishman injured his hand during training.
The 34-year-old has already won world titles in both super bantamweight and featherweight in a long and distinguished career, but he now has the chance to add the WBO super featherweight belt to the collection.
Standing in the way is 35-year-old American Herring, who won the belt with a surprise win over Masayuki Ito in 2019, since defending it against both Lamont Roach Jr and Jonathan Oquendo.
There’s no clear favorite in what promises to be an intriguing match, and with the match fast approaching, Sportsmail takes you through the all-important details.
Carl Frampton’s last world title fight came in 2018 against British rival Josh Warrington
When is Carl Frampton vs Jamel Herring?
The highly anticipated world title fight between Carl Frampton and Jamel Herring will take place on Saturday, April 3.
The duo will compete at the Caesars Palace Bluewaters in Dubai, with the main event scheduled for approximately 10pm BST.
Of course, that’s just an estimate at the moment, with a number of undercard attacks to be completed first.
How do I watch Carl Frampton vs Jamel Herring?
Fight fans in the UK will be delighted to hear that Carl Frampton’s world title will be seen live on free TV.
Yes, it will be broadcast live on channel 5, with programming starting at 10pm.
Those with a valid TV license can also stream the event live via the My5 app.
Carl Frampton vs Jamel Herring: the records
Height: 5ft 5 ‘
Range: 65 ‘
Recording: 28W, 2L
Height: 5ft 10 ‘
Range: 72 ‘
Recording: 22W, 2L
Who is Jamel Herring
Jamel Herring won his WBO featherweight world title by beating Masayuki Ito in 2019
Many may be less familiar with Jamel Herring and his path to becoming World Champion, but his story is both heartbreaking and remarkable.
Herring is a former US Marine who continues to suffer from PTSD after losing some of his comrades in completing two tours of Iraq, as he said. Sun Sport
In addition, the American lost his daughter to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome when she was only two months old in 2009.
Just three years later, Herring led his US squad at the London Olympics, becoming World Champion in 2019.
Herring has since defended his title twice and Frampton acknowledges Saturday will be a tough fight, both physically and emotionally.
“It’s very sad what happened to Jamel and his family,” he told Sun Sport.
As a father with a young family, I can think of nothing worse than losing a child.
“I have the deepest sympathy for Jamel and his wife, I wouldn’t wish that on my absolute worst enemy.
‘They’ve been through a lot, but no matter how hard it sounds, I can’t think about that at night. I have to think about the fight and how to win.
“I have the utmost respect and sympathy for Jamel and his family, I’ve always had that, but this is a fight and I must do everything I can to win it.”
Carl Frampton vs Jamel Herring completely undercard
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Carl Frampton vs Jamel Herring: the odds
Despite Herring becoming the champion, it is Frampton who is the marginal favorite among bookmakers.
And by marginal I really mean marginal. Frampton is on 10/11 to secure his third world title, while Herring is the light underdog at 5/6.
A draw is also a possibility, although the bookmakers clearly consider this unlikely, with a 16/1 chance.
* Odds according to Betfair and correct at time of publication.
What now for Carl Frampton?
At the age of 34, it is fair to say that Frampton is now firmly in the twilight years of his career.
And that’s reflected in both what he and his American promoter Bob Arum said leading up to the fight.
As reported by talkSPORT, Frampton has revealed that if he loses on Saturday, he will hang up his gloves for good, with the defeat leaving him staring a long way back at a new world title.
However, Frampton has assured that losing is not an option and insisted that he would do everything he could to secure victory.
And should he seal the victory, Arum already pointed in the direction of a mandatory defense against 23-year-old American Shakur Stevenson.
It’s fair to say it’s all at stake for Frampton.