Frampton injured, title shot vs Herring postponed

Carl Frampton’s bid to become a three-weight world champion by taking on the WBO world super featherweight champion Jamel Herring is unfortunately now subject to delay due to ‘The Jackal’ suffering a hand injury. Frampton’s challenge was set for February 27, live on BT Sport. Despite the headline fights cancellation, the show will go ahead as planned at the Copper Box Arena with the British super featherweight title clash between Anthony Cacace and Lyon Woodstock headlining the card.

Tommy Fury also returns on a card that includes super-flyweight Kaisy Khademi bidding to add the vacant IBF European to his WBO European title against Birmingham’s Ijaz Ahmed.

Frampton vs Herring will be moved to a new date that will be advised in due course.

“It is just a bit of a twinge to my hand, nothing too serious but I have seen a specialist and his advice was to rest it,” revealed Frampton, 33. “So I asked about the possibility of a postponement to the fight and it was agreed to.

“It gives me a better chance because I will be going into the fight with two good hands after taking the advice from the specialist. It is nothing major though and there is no fracture.

“I did go into a fight with a hand injury against Tyler McCreary and ended up requiring surgery afterwards on both hands. No disrespect to Tyler, but Jamel Herring is a world champion and at a higher level so I need to be at my best. That is what I intend to be.

“I haven’t been able to spar or hit the heavy bags for a while. From next week I have been given the go-ahead to start doing that again. I have still been training, doing loads of running, shadow boxing and hitting the paddles as well, which kind of replicates the pads, but I have not hit anything solid for the last two weeks.

“It wouldn’t have sat right with me to pull out if people had spent their hard-earned money on tickets and travel, but this is completely different and I just want to give myself the best opportunity to win and that is it.

“I would like to thank Frank and Bob for making this possible, plus Jamel as well for his understanding. It is something that just happens in boxing and I am thankful we have been able to postpone it.”

Promoter Frank Warren said: “Carl has picked up an injury, unfortunately, so we’ve had to postpone that fight for the time being.

“Like most fans, I was looking forward to seeing Carl make history by being crowned a three-weight World Champion. That will have to wait for now, but we still have a fantastic card of fights lined up for next Saturday night.

“Cacace vs Woodstock has been booked for a year now, and I think we’re all excited to finally see these two meet in the ring. It’ll be an all-action, excitement-guaranteed kind of fight, so don’t miss it.”

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  • Frampton is 33 years old now. The clock is ticking to seize such an opportunity again to be a 3rd time world champion. I wish you luck.

  • This fight might be cursed or something. Well maybe if they delay it a month or two, they might be able to let some fans in.

  • This would have been an entertaining fight since both are in their early and mid 30’s. Hopefully it happens soon.

  • I figured when the fight was made there was no way Frampton would step in with Herring. I expected this fight to fall through on Carl’s end. The fight would go the same as Crawford-Burns. Time will tell if he actually shows up for the fight.

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