CARL FRAMPTON’s long-awaited world title fight with Jamel Herring will take place in Dubai on April 3.
Former two-division champion Frampton was originally scheduled to challenge the American for the WBO junior lightweight title in London this weekend but requested the fight be postponed due to lingering hand issues.
Carl Frampton (R) and Jamel Herring (L) will clash in Dubai on April 3[/caption]
Carl Frampton is champing at the bit to share the ring with Jamel Herring[/caption]
And the pair’s eagerly-anticipated meeting will now take place at The Rotunda Caesars Palace Bluewaters in Dubai in five weeks’ time.
Northern Ireland’s Frampton is champing at the bit to get his hands on Herring and has vowed to put on a show for fans.
He said: “Delighted to get this the new date and venue confirmed, it’s definitely been a rollercoaster to get here and I want to thank my team at MTK Global, Queensberry and Top Rank for getting this over the line.
“This is my chance to make history and fans or no fans, this fight is going to be one fight fans will remember.
“Jamel is a tough opponent but I’ve put the work in, I have a fire lit inside me and I’m confident that this legacy fight will go in my favour on the night, I’ll be leaving it all in the ring.”
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Herring, 35, is relishing the prospect of sharing the ring with the former WBA (Super) featherweight champion and believes a win over him will put him on course for ‘bigger and better things’.
He said: “All of the postponements have been frustrating, but I’m happy that this fight is still happening.
“I still have the same hunger I had when this fight will first presented.
“After watching the great performance Oscar Valdez showcased over the weekend, I’m definitely looking forward to making a statement in this exciting division.
Carl Frampton stopped Darren Traynor in his last outing last August[/caption]
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“I know a victory over Frampton will lead to bigger and better things down the road.
“But I have to take care of Carl Frampton first and I’m totally focused on defending my title on April 3.”
Frampton, 34, hasn’t set foot inside the ring since his seventh-round TKO victory over Darren Traynor at York Hall last August.
Herring, meanwhile, was last in action last September against Jonathan Oquendo – who was disqualified in the eighth round of their showdown for repeated headbutts.