Jamel Herring Versus Carl Frampton Targeted For January
Word has been long-running within boxing circles of a fight between WBO world Junior Lightweight champion Jamel Herring (22-2, 10 KOs) and former Junior Featherweight and Featherweight champion Carl Frampton (27-2, 15 KOs). Now it looks like we have a clearer picture of when it could happen.
According to The Athletic, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) has sanctioned a fight between Herring and Frampton. The target date for the the bout is in January 2021. The winner is stipulated to fight mandatory challenger and former WBO world Featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson (14-0, 8 KOs) within 90 days.
Herring is coming off of an 8th round win by disqualification over Jonathan Oquendo (31-7, 19 KOs) on September 5, 2020. Though he had his hand raised in victory, many observers were critical and disappointed in his performance.
The champ was cut during the contest and was far from top form. Aware of the criticism, Herring took to social media to respond. He did not place blame on anyone, promising to be better in his next time out. Following the fight, Frampton took to Twitter offering congratulations and sending a message to Herring.
What makes this even juicier is Stevenson getting a shot at the winner. The 23-year-old from Newark, New Jersey vacated the WBO 126-pound title in July 2020 and is on the fast track.
As talented as any young fighter in the sport, his goal is to become the man at 130-pounds. He would be a daunting task for either Herring or Frampton. 3KingsBoxing will keep you updated on this developing situation.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.