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Carl Frampton’s illustrious boxing career could come to an end tonight if he fails in his bid to become a three-weight world champion. The Jackal heads to the Middle East to take on Jamel Herring in the United Arab Emirates for the WBO super-featherweight title.
The bout was supposed to happen in Belfast last year before COVID-19 through a major spanner in the works.
Injury then prevented the contest from going ahead in February in London before it landed in Dubai under the D4G Promotions banner.
Herring, a former US Marine sergeant, has a clear height and reach advantage over the Northern Irishman but Frampton claims it won’t matter come the first bell.
The Jackal has previously held titles at both super-bantamweight and featherweight and now he is looking to become the first-ever three-weight Irish world champion.
The good news for fans unable to travel back home is that the fight has landed on free-to-air television.
There had been some confusion over the broadcasting rights and there was talk that YouTube channel iFL TV may get the gig.
However, Channel 5 have now confirmed they will be airing the bout, which is expected to take place at around 10pm UK time.
If you have a valid TV license, you can also stream the fight via the My5 app.
It’s also available on computers, laptops, game consoles, phones and tablets.
Frampton praised Channel 5 for backing the event and is delighted “millions” of fans will get to watch as he looks to write new history.
“Absolutely delighted that my fight will be shown to the masses on free-to-air TV,” Frampton said. “It is where the sport of boxing should be shown, accessible to everyone in the country.
“Having the potential of millions being able to watch me make history is truly special. Thank you.”
Frampton has not boxed since August 2020 when he beat Darren Traynor but he does not believe ring rust could prove a factor.
The 34-year-old are confident his team have manufactured a game-plan capable of dismantling Herring, who dreams of unifying the division before winning a world title at lightweight.
“For me to win this fight, I will need to be perfect,” Frampton said. “If I carry out my game-plan, I believe I will win this fight. Everything is aligning.
“I will expect the best Jamel Herring I have ever seen.
“His last performance was criticised. My own performance in my last fight wasn’t brilliant. I am prepared to be better.
“Hopefully Jamel is as well. I think the fact I got here early is certainly a benefit to me. We will see what happens. I expect a big performance from Jamel and I am prepared for that.”
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