Carl Frampton will bid to become a three-weight World champion tonight against WBO king Jamel Herring in Dubai.
Carl Frampton’s tale has already gone farther than I expected it to when I first watched him a few years back. He has become one of the finest fighters from Irish shores, and tonight might just about secure that status indefinitely for the history books.
Jamel Herring is a ex-military man and as tough as boots. He accomplished his dream of becoming a World champion against Masayuki Ito back in 2019, which showed the pedigree of the former Olympian. However, he shares a common denominator with Frampton – that they are both past their best.
In their last performances, neither fighter looked mightily impressive at 130lbs. Both contests were seen as tick-overs with Frampton facing Darren Traynor (TKO7), and Herring defending his title against Johnathon Oquendo (DQ8). It makes it difficult to pick a winner here if last performances are anything to go off of.
Expect this to be a long drawn out battle of aged warriors, the only thing I’m 99% sure of happening is this fight is that it will go the distance. The bookies believe it will as well at 4/11*. Herring has the size and reach advantage over his Irish compatriot, but Frampton’s experience at the top level of the sport is going to show tonight. There’s also ‘The Jackal’s jab, which although it belongs to the shorter fighter, is used exceptionally well to get closer to his target and open up his opportunities.
Herring should be able to ward off Frampton and not allow too many shots to get through, as he’ll look to use the ring and move around his target. I fail to see Frampton hurting Herring in this fight, but at their age anything could happen, still it seems a far fetched tale for ‘The Jackal’ to secure his legacy with a KO tonight (6/1*).
Herring looked particularly bad against Johnathon Oquendo, which was likely due to years of making the 130lbs limit when he had clearly outgrown it. He looked very gaunt at the weigh-in yesterday and I think his energy will fade throughout the fight. Frampton looks and sounds like this is his be-all and end-all in the build-up, so I think we’re in for one more glory night in the name of The Jackal, as he secures victory on the scorecards tonight (13/8*).
*Prices are with SkyBet.
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