Today at 2 pm ET, Jamel Herring headlines against Carl Frampton in Dubai, with Herring’s WBO junior lightweight title on the line in a much-delayed fight that finally hits the ring.
The fight will stream live on ESPN+ for those in the U.S., and air on Channel 5 for fans in the U.K. and Ireland. We’ll have live updates throughout the card, including round-by-round scoring and updates for the main event in this stream, no refresh required on your end.
Herring and Frampton, both 34, have been trying to get this fight done since setting it up in late 2019, but various setbacks have held it until now. But it’s happening, it’s here, and now we’ll settle it.
The card will also feature the return of Donnie Nietes, who hasn’t fought since the end of 2018 and is looking to get back into the mix at 115 lbs, as he faces Pablo Carrillo. We’ll also see Tursynbay Kulakhmet take on Heber Rondon, and Zhaknosh Turarov face Tyrone McKenna. Those three fights are all set for 10 rounds.
Herring Frampton Carl Frampton battles Jamel Herring for the WBO super-featherweight title with the Irishman battling to create history and snag a world title in a third weight class.
How to Watch Herring vs Frampton
Date: Saturday, April 3 | Start Time: 2:00 pm ET
Location: Caesars Bluewaters – Dubai, UAE
TV: Channel 5 (UK and Ireland) | Streaming: ESPN+ (US)
The American is one of the most highly-rated fighters at 130 pounds and will hold physical advantages over Frampton with greater height and reach, but Frampton maintains his “distance control, timing and speed of hand and foot” will make up for that to give him the edge here.
While the fighter who has handled the inconvenience of this fight being delayed will also hold an edge. Both fighters were due to meet last summer only for Covid-19 to postpone the event, but Frampton believes destiny awaits, having captured super-bantamweight and featherweight world titles in a glittering career.
This fight means everything to Frampton, who has vowed to retire if it does not go his way, admitting he is “not prepared to go round the houses and get myself into a position to fight for another world title.”
In a tremendous fight that is both seen as a 50-50 by the bookies, as well as the industry, with Ricky Hatton leaning towards Frampton but admitting it is “50-50” and that when he saw the pair standing close to one another he thought Herring was “two weights above Carl”. Here is everything you need to know about the fight.
After more than a year of attempts to finally put Jamel Herring in the ring with Carl Frampton, the two will finally meet on Saturday (2 p.m. ET, ESPN+). Herring will bring his WBO junior lightweight championship to the ring, with Frampton looking to capture a world championship for the first time since losing the IBF featherweight crown.
COVID-19 has played a factor in the many delays in making the fight happen, both in the global shutdown delaying an international fight between an American (Herring) and Irishman (Frampton), but also because Herring struggled with the virus. Herring’s last fight was a disqualification win over Jonathan Oquendo that was twice delayed due to positive tests from Herring. The fight was ugly and didn’t answer many questions about any potential long term effects of the virus for Herring. Combat sports has seen fighters bounce back and look like their old selves after bouts with COVID and others who have not seemed the same — Alexander Povetkin this past weekend is a solid example of the latter. Prior to the pandemic, Frampton was forced out of a planned February 2020 date due to a hand injury.
Meeting at 130 pounds adds some interesting wrinkles with Frampton being undersized for the weight and Herring struggling more and more to be able to make the cut. Frampton will enter with significant disadvantages in size, not only in weight, but giving up nearly half a foot in height to Herring when they step in the ring at Caesar’s Palace in Dubai. Reach could be an even bigger issue for Frampton, who will be working with a seven-inch disadvantage in that area.
“He will be the biggest guy I will have fought, but that excites me though, and puts fear in me,” Frampton said in an interview with ESPN. “People think I’m going to just have to get close to him to land shots, but I feel I can genuinely outbox him and my footwork and hand speed is quicker than his. He’s been training like he has to make weight, where as I have been working on tactics.
“For me it’s been about sparring and pad work. Everything I do is catered around Jamel Herring and we had sparring partners to replicate what he does.”
Frampton will be looking to win a world championship in a third weight class after previously holding the WBA and IBF super bantamweight titles and the IBF featherweight belt. Capturing a title at a third weight would make Frampton the first fighter from Ireland to achieve such a feat.
Herring has been preparing for the fight with the support of pound-for-pound stud Terence Crawford. That is something the former Marine believes will aid him in further establishing a legacy in the sport.
“Winning would solidify me as a legit junior lightweight champion,” Herring told Top Rank. “I’ve still got a lot to prove. Carl to me, his legacy is already cemented, he didn’t need this fight. A win here would open a lot more doors for bigger fights. With me being a former marine, I want to go down as on as one of best marines to represent in the sport of boxing.”
Below you can have a look at the full fight card set for Saturday, with odds provided via William Hill Sportsbook.
Frampton is a bit faded from being at his absolute best, though at his absolute best he was a legitimate top talent in the sport. Herring got a late start in his career after multiple tours in Iraq while with the military and has a unique story. He’s also a very good fighter, but quickly getting up in age and between the years and the weight, it seems like the moment of an in-ring slip could come any time. Or it might not. Boxing is funny like that.
Ultimately, distilled down to the core elements of this fight, it’s hard to see why Frampton holds a slight edge in the odds. He’s significantly smaller in every respect and his advantages in pure boxing likely won’t offset the physical disadvantages. Everything Frampton does will require extra work to set up and close range, while Herring can simply work his game.