Class in session: Jamel Herring wins and Carl Frampton retires – and each do it with distinctive class and sportsmanship


It was onerous to root in opposition to both of those guys as two of boxing’s classiest, and likeable, fighters squared off on Saturday in a WBO tremendous featherweight world title combat. However, ultimately, it was a matter of kinds.


American Jamel Herring wanted to sharp shoot from the skin and Eire’s Carl Frampton wanted to get inside and punish the physique earlier than he appeared to go upstairs. In the long run, in a profession greatest efficiency, WBO tremendous featherweight champion Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring (23-2, 11 KO’s) dropped and stopped Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (28-2, 16 KO’s) in spherical 6 Saturday night time on the Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai in Dubai, UAE.


Herring floored Frampton with a straight left in spherical 5 after which continued the assault in spherical 6. Herring then had Frampton on the canvas once more from a wonderfully positioned uppercut within the spherical. He then stalked a harm Frampton and poured on the punishment till Frampton’s nook stopped the combat.


In actuality, whereas the 5’ 5” Frampton was as gutsy and sport as at all times, he appeared to get outdated on this night time and actually struggled to seek out a solution for the 5’ 10” Herring, who had a noticeable measurement benefit within the ring. Whereas Herring was making the third protection of the title he gained again in Could of 2019, Frampton was seeking to make Irish boxing historical past and convey dwelling his third world title in as many weight courses.


Herring didn’t have his greatest night time in his final outing in September, struggling a reduce and successful on a DQ. However, on this night time, he once more suffered a reduce, however the harm solely appeared to spur him on as he confirmed laser deal with his combat plan to work off a jab, punish to the physique and land counters on a annoyed Frampton.


Whereas Frampton had moments of success within the third and 4th rounds, the combat was principally managed by Herring who trains underneath Brian MacIntrye’s Omaha based mostly staff, the identical teaching crew behind P4P star Terence “Bud” Crawford.


After the combat, the 34-year-old Frampton introduced his retirement and might depart the ring together with his head held excessive. The favored Irishman captured 4 world titles in 2 weight courses and leaves the ring with 28 wins in 31 fights and a resume that boasts victories over stars like Scott Quigg, Leo Santa Cruz and Nonito Donaire.


Herring, who’s promoted by Las Vegas’ Prime Rank Boxing, is in search of a unification combat with fellow Prime Rank tremendous featherweight star, WBC champ, Oscar Valdez who appeared excellent in his final combat in dispatching Miguel Berchelt in a spotlight reel KO.


After the combat, the respect proven in the direction of one another from a cheerful, however respectful, Herring and an equally elegant, albeit devastated, Frampton, was nice to see.


“Zero excuses”, stated Frampton, holding again tears. “I had an awesome camp, I simply misplaced to the higher man tonight. I struggled to get inside, he was sharp capturing from a distance, an ideal sport plan, I used to be coming into this combat to win it, however I simply acquired overwhelmed by the higher man”, stated Frampton by means of tears.


“I’m simply honored to share the ring with him”, stated Herring. “He’s a two-division world champion, he’s finished nice within the sport of boxing and like I say it was an honour, simply go dwelling secure to your loved ones, God bless you in no matter you do from right here on out, God bless you”, stated the stylish and respectful champion.


Within the social media dominated, fixed selfie, self-aggrandizing sports activities tradition we stay in, it’s good to see that two warriors can wage battle underneath a cover of sophistication and respect.




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