Jamel Herring realized a dream by profitable a world title. Now it’s about legacy. And Carl Frampton, he believes, will assist in that regard.
The 35-year-old junior light-weight champ defends towards Frampton, 34, on Saturday at Caesars Palace Bluewaters in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (ESPN+).
It will likely be Herring’s third – and hardest, a minimum of on paper – protection of the belt he received by simply outpointing Masayuki Ito in Could 2019, after which he defeated Lamont Roach (UD) in November 2019 and Jonathan Oquendo (DQ) this previous September.
A victory over the two-division titleholder and 2016 Fighter of the 12 months from Northern Eire could be the most important of his profession.
“Sure, a win over Frampton could be a career-defining milestone,” Herring stated. “You need to win a world title. OK, we win the world title. Effectively, what’s subsequent? We needed to efficiently defend our title to be thought-about an actual champion.
“I’m attending to the dialog of, ‘Oh, you need to face the opposite champions and the opposite large names,’ and Carl Frampton is a two-division world champion. He has performed nice issues in his profession.”
“Since November 2019, this battle has been talked about, and that is my second. That is what I’ve labored for. That is what I’ve been asking for. It is a large battle for me now.”
Herring (22-2, 10 KOs) had a tough 2020.
His protection towards Oquendo was postponed twice after the titleholder examined constructive for COVID-19. Then the battle itself was ugly, as an overmatched Oquendo was disqualified for repeated head butts after eight one-sided rounds. That was Herring’s solely battle of the 12 months.
So it’s no marvel that Herring appears unusually motivated going into the battle with Frampton (28-2, 16 KOs). The coronavirus and a tough 12 months are behind him and he has the battle he has coveted.
And he couldn’t care much less that he has needed to journey greater than 7,000 miles for the battle. It appears nothing fazes the previous soldier.
“I don’t have any doubts with the battle taking place in Dubai as a result of I’m a U.S. Marine,” he stated. “I’ve fought all over the place, when it comes to the battlefield or within the ring. For those who guys bear in mind, I used to be prepared to face him in Belfast with no situation, in entrance of hundreds of individuals.
“I used to be prepared to present him that dwelling area benefit as a result of I needed the battle that dangerous that I didn’t actually care the place the battle was at. So long as we had a hoop and a few gloves, I didn’t care.”
Now he simply has to have his hand raised.
“The best way I win this battle is simply being me, the Jamel that received the world championship,” he stated. “I’ve to carry that starvation again. I really feel like my again is towards the wall, even because the champion.”