Carl Frampton announces retirement after being stopped by Jamel Herring
Carl Frampton’s Fantastic Career Ends As Jamel Herring Retains WBO Trendy Super Featherweight Title
CARL FRAMPTON Bid to become a three-weight world champion thwarted by WBO’s super-featherweight title list Herring Jamel, which forced the Northern Irishman to retire with a sixth round stoppage at Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai.
Make the third defense of his world title, southpaw Herring put his size and reach advantages to good use from the start, landing long left hands on his head and body in the opener.
In an attempt to get inside Herring’s long levers, Frampton waved and woven in the second round. The session was close but Herring finished strong, catching Frampton with lefts and rights upstairs and down as the Belfast boxer arrived.
In the third, both men were slightly off balance after swallowing stiff lefts. Again, Herring completed the frame in the ascendant after scoring with a right-left combination and a control left hook.
Frampton needed a productive lap and he enjoyed one in the fourth. The Ulsterman was able to get closer more frequently, which allowed him to connect with an overhanging loop to the left. When a cut appeared on Herring’s right eyelid, the sight of blood pushed Frampton, who targeted the wound with daggers on the left.
Continuing to apply pressure in the fifth, Frampton hit Herring with a left hook at the top and the same stroke to the midsection. Yet suddenly, out of nowhere, the challenger stepped on a bumpy left hand, perfectly placed, which laid him on the canvas. On resumption, Frampton resumed the fight against Herring, but was hit with punches and uppercuts by the smart boxing American, who displayed effective lateral movement.
After a left spear tucked into Frampton’s solar plexus in the sixth round, a shaking left uppercut soon knocked him down. Blood dripping from his nose, an unstable Frampton stood up and bravely attempted to fight fire with fire. However, another left uppercut made him buzz again, before Herring let loose with another barrage of punches, leading Frampton’s coach, Jamie moore, throw in the towel at 1-40.
Promising ahead of the fight that he would hang up his gloves if he came out second, an emotional Frampton, 34, kept his word by announcing his retirement after the contest.
“I am deeply upset,” said the former WBA / IBF bantamweight and WBA featherweight belt holder. “I said before the fight that I would retire if I lost, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I now want to devote my life to my family. I want to come home with my beautiful wife and kids. I just got beaten by the best man tonight – no excuses.
As Frampton’s fantastic career has come to an end, the ever-improving 35-year-old Herring can now envision a potential unifying clash.
“I intend to gain weight [at some point], but I want to get another title, ”said the Coram, New York native. “I would love to fight [WBC super-feather champ] Oscar Valdez. “