Herring Stops Carl
Frampton In 6
To Retain Junior Lightweight World Title
Photos: D4G Promotions
Jamel "Semper Fi" Herring, at 35 years of age, authored
the signature win of his career. Herring dominated and
then stopped Carl "The Jackal" Frampton in the sixth
round to retain his WBO junior lightweight world title
Saturday from Caesars Bluewaters Dubai.
Herring (23-2, 11 KOs) dropped Frampton twice in the
fight, the second one coming in the sixth round courtesy
of a brutal uppercut. A follow-up assault prompted
Frampton's corner to throw in the towel, ending what had
been an entertaining, phone booth affair.
ďIím just honored to share the ring with him, Herring
said. "Heís a two-division world champion. Heís done
great in the sport of boxing, and it was just an honor.
ďIt was an emotional rollercoaster just to get here. My
last outing was not my best. People doubted me. They
called me every name in the book, but even with the cut,
I wasnít going to give up. I wasnít going to quit, and
Carl Frampton is a tremendous champion. Iíve been a fan
since day one. Itís tough to see any veteran of the
sport go out like that."
Frampton (28-3, 16 KOs), from Belfast, was attempting to
become the first man from the island of Ireland to win
world titles in three weight classes. Having fallen
short of that goal, the 34-year-old elected to retire.
Frampton said, ďI said before the fight Iíd retire if I
lost, and thatís exactly what Iím going to do. I want to
just to dedicate my life to my family now. Boxing has
been good to me. Itís also been bad to me, but the last
few years with these boys have been the best years of my
career. I just want to go home to my beautiful wife and
kids, and thatís it.
ďI just got beat by the better man. I really struggled
to get inside on him.Ē