Team Frampton thinks Jamel Herring gets stopped late!
Armed with an official fight date, Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (28-2, 16 KO’s) is ready to take his training to the next level. The former world champion had been in talks with WBO world super featherweight champion Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring (22-2, 10 KO’s) for months. Vexingly, their talks were heavily complicated with fight obligations, COVID-19 diagnoses and pandemic protocols.
While waiting for a final contract, Frampton busied himself with light training. Now however, he will begin the seriously rigorous camp that precedes a major prizefight. The Jackal is well aware that he will have to nullify Herring’s significant height and reach disparity. Despite those would-be benefits, Frampton is confident in his skillset to get the job done.
“I don’t want to give away any game plans, but there is different ways to beat this guy. And people are looking at our dimensions, him being 5’10, huge reach, me being 5’5 on a short reach, that I am going to have to get into him and lie on his chest and bully him. But I have faster feet than this guy, faster hands than this guy, I feel like my distance control is better than his guy. I feel like I am the fresher fighter as well.
There’s different ways to beat this guy so, whatever it takes I’ll be able to do. But we been working on different things and different scenarios that may crop up in the fight. But I am not underestimating him, he is a very good fighter. His size is definitely something he can use to his advantage.”
GOTTA DO BETTER CHAMP!
Although the champ, Herring would greatly benefit from a solid showing. When last in the ring, Semper Fi was branded a quitter throughout many boxing circles. This was because he failed to soldier on during his bout with Jonathon “Polvo” Oquendo (31-7, 19 KO’s). After suffering numerous headbutts, referee Tony Weeks disqualified Oquendo, thereby awarding the victory to Herring.
To his credit, Semper Fi was being butted and he was absorbing significant damage as a result. Herring even acquired a nasty gash over his right eye in the fifth and contended with it for several rounds. The problem was “how” the fight ended. Directly preceding the stoppage, Herring told the ring doctor he could not see out of his eye. Telling a ring doctor this type of information is akin to a fighter stopping the fight themselves. This is because the doctor’s position gives them no other option outside of stopping the fight.
Numerous fans and pundits saw is as a clear-cut case of ‘dry-quitting.’ Later, Herring himself would be heard to say that he could have continued, but alibied it was a team decision to stop there. Now with his bout with Frampton, Semper Fi has the chance to get a bit of redemption. However, not only does the Jackal smell a win, he would not be surprised if it came by knockout.
“It’s a possibility, I feel like I have the power to stop Jamel Herring in any round of the fight if I hit him clean. So early, late, in the middle rounds I feel like I am going to win this fight. I’m fully confident in that!”
By: Bakari Simpson