Carl Frampton pulls out of fight with Herring due to hand injury
The snake-bitten prizefight between WBO World Super Featherweight champion Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring (22-2, 10 KO’s) and Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (28-2, 16 KO’s) continues its bad luck. According to ESPN, the fight has been postponed due to a hand injury sustained by Frampton. The latest date for the fight, February 27, was the third one. First an eye injury suffered by Herring altered the original date last November. Then, COVID-19 collapsed the rescheduled collision in January.
Semper Fi in particular has had a hard time getting in the ring for his last two bouts. His previous dustup with Fres Oquendo was twice pushed back as a result of Herring contracting COVID-19 in back-to-back training camps. At least this time he is not the cause of the delay! It has been reported that the prizefight will now take place in either late March or early April.
THE ODD MAN OUT
Outside of Frampton and Herring themselves, “Fearless” Shakur Stevenson (15-0, 8 KO’s) has been eagerly awaiting this showdown. Since vacating his WBO title at featherweight and moving up, he has had a title shot on his mind. As the WBO’s #1 super featherweight, he is guaranteed a shot at the title. Yet, before he can face whoever emerges as the victor, first Herring and Frampton must trade leather!
Whenever Semper Fi and The Jackal do finally make it to the ring, Stevenson will be a keen observer. The skillful New Jersey native has candidly professed his desire to take on the winner. Unsurprisingly, since the soggy news hit the airwaves, Fearless was quick to voice his displeasure via his social media. While this might have been the first of Stevenson’s gripes, it certainly won’t be the last!
By: Bakari Simpson