JEFF POWELL: Carl Frampton’s glittering career was wiped out in the dust of Dubai with a defeat to Jamal Herring … but while he failed to become Ireland’s first three-division world champion, it does NOT affect the Hall’s claim of Fame
- Carl Frampton’s brilliant career ended in defeat against American Jamal Herring
- The former US Navy caught the challenger from Northern Ireland by surprise
- His failure to become Ireland’s first three-division world champion will hurt
- However, the defeat does nothing to harm his claim in the Boxing Hall of Fame
The Last Day Of The Jackal came to a sad end in a dingy, echoing, almost empty room in a desert town 2,400 miles from his home in Belfast.
Carl Frampton’s brilliant career ended in the dust of Dubai, retired by the sheer size and battle-hardened brilliance of a former US Marine.
Jamel Herring, a towering five inches taller, not only overshadowed, but also overpowered the challenger for his super-featherweight world title.
Carl Frampton’s Hall of Fame worthy career ended with a defeat to American Jamal Herring
Frampton was emotional after Herring took him to victory to keep his world title
However, the defeat does not affect his claim to the eventual election to the boxing Hall of Fame
Those five-and-a-half rounds of precision punishment don’t detract from Frampton’s claim to eventual election to boxing’s Hall of Fame, as a former super bantam and featherweight champion.
However, failing to become Ireland’s first three-division world champion, he lagged behind in his ambition to be recognized as the greatest fighter in the Emerald Isle’s annals.
Much to Frampton’s undisputed annoyance, that mantle remains wrapped around the old mentor with whom he later fell into an unpleasant legal feud.
Frampton will be disappointed not to become Ireland’s first three division world champion
The thrilling conquest of Barry McGuigan’s feather-light maestro Eusebio Pedroza, those riveting scenes on Loftus Road 35 years ago and the tumultuous parades that followed in Dublin and Belfast, remain the green stuff of legend.
Frampton wept this Saturday night, but he has no reason to mourn for long.
Our lasting memories of him hark back to world title wins over Scott Quigg and especially the excellent Leo Santa Cruz road in America.
As well as dizzying Ulster glory nights at the Odyssey Arena.
Once he regained his composure, Frampton sportingly recognized Herring as ‘the better man’. Generously speaking, the American said it was “an honor to share the ring” with such a champion.
It also left him surpassing long-term mentor Barry McGuigan as Ireland’s best
Though a year older at 35, it’s the American – with the backdrop of a broken New York childhood and the tragic loss of one of his seven children – who flies home to bigger nights.
That is no less than Herring deserves after this performance. It was pretty much possible to get Frampton to win one round, the fourth in which a creaky left hook broke Herring’s right eye.
He was out of the box for that. Then, in the fifth, he was dropped by an even stiffer left side. It was all over in the sixth when he was knocked out by more left concussion, even though he staggered at eight.
Frampton promised his family he would retire if he couldn’t beat Herring
As the bombing continued, Frampton turned away as the white towel from his corner waved goodbye to his last fight. At the right time, he kept his promise to his wife and children that if he lost, he would stop.
Lovely Christine said she “wanted him out a while ago.” Now he promises his life to his family. In part, that involves a long-term commitment to his wife so that she can return to a career in law that has been on hiatus while her husband pursued his dreams.
Perhaps the most telling disappointment for the Framptons and the McGuigans, as both couples got married across Ireland’s religious divide, is that this weekend coincided with a return to sectarian violence in the city where they campaigned even more bravely for peace than in the ring .