'The Jackal' vs 'Sempa Fi'
BBN have provided all the details you need to know about Northern Ireland legend's Carl Frampton's (28-2, 16KOs) attempt to make history against American hero Jamel Herring (22-2, 10KOs).
The championship clash was all set for Saturday, February 27, but a minor hand injury sustained by Frampton has now seen the date rearranged to April 3.
Surprising to many, the venue moved from the Copper Box Arena in London 4,500 miles away to Dubai, at The Rotunda at Caesers, Bluewaters.
12 three-minute championship rounds at super-featherweight (130lbs).
Herring's WBO World super-featherweight title is on the line, which he has held since May 2019, and this will be his third defence.
UK fight fans can expect the 'The Jackal' and the defending champion to make their ringwalks any time around 10pm (GMT), but boxing events are often subject to delays.
The event and TV coverage begins at 7:30pm and goes right up to midnight.
The co-promotions event between Queensberry, Top Rank and D4G Promotions will stream live on iFL TV YouTube channel
In addition, the show has also been picked up by free-to-air terrestrial TV Channel 5 in the UK, which will start at the main event at 10pm.
In the US, it'll be shown on ESPN+
BBN will be providing LIVE updates on the night, right HERE
There's another charismatic Belfast boxer appearing on the night in the form of Tyrone McKenna (21-2-1, 6KOs) in his 25th contest against undefeated Zhankosh Turarov (24-0, 17KOs).
'The Mighty Celt' was last in action in September 2020, dropping a very closed decision in the Golden Contract super-lightweight finals to Ohara Davies.
'Da Kazakh Kid' won the WBO Inter-Continental super-lightweight title in his last fight within three rounds and has only been the 10-round distance once, whereas McKenna's last four fights have all reached the 10th and final round.
The six-foot-tall southpaw will be aiming to keep the Kazakhstani at bay to win this contest on points, but it's going to be testing against an unbeaten force with a 70% KO ratio.
The fight was originally set to take place behind closed doors, with no spectators allowed, but now it's been moved to Dubai, there will be a live crowd in attendance under strict safety conditions.
Everything you ever need to know about Frampton-Herring HERE
Carl Frampton: “I'm delighted to finally get a date nailed down for this fight that has now been talked about for over a year. I have the upmost respect for Jamel as a fighter and as a man but there is nobody stopping me on becoming the island of Ireland's only ever three-weight world champ, one of Britain's only ever three-weight world champions and potentially have one foot in the hall of fame.”
Jamel Herring: “I’m really excited that the fight is finally happening, more importantly it’ll be an honour to share the ring with a true warrior, and class act such as Carl Frampton. It may be the biggest fight of my career to date, but I’ll be more than ready for the task ahead. There’s a lot on the line, and I know he’s aiming to make history, but he’ll have to wait another day, because I plan on returning home with my title in hand. I’ve been training very hard for this fight, and went back to what got me to my world title from sparring the likes of Terence Crawford and other top talent across the nation. I can’t wait to put on a great show!”
New quotes HERE
The Frampton-Herring showdown was originally scheduled for the middle of 2020 before being delayed due to the Covid-19 outbreak, which led to both taking interim fights, with Herring overcoming Jonathan Oquendo following a disqualification in Las Vegas, while Frampton kept busy defeating Darren Traynor via a seventh round stoppage in London.
Belfast's favourite son first became world champion at super-bantamweight back in September 2014 when he overwhelmed Kiko Martinez on an emotional night outdoors in the Titanic Quarter.
Two successful defences followed before he unified his IBF belt with Scott Quigg's WBA title on a memorable night in Manchester. Then followed two exhilarating encounters with Leo Santa Cruz up at featherweight, winning one apiece. That was a peak Frampton in 2016, winning Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year.
After his 2017 loss to Santa Cruz, he rebuilt with wins against Filipino legend Nonito Donaire and unbeaten Luke Jackson, but his next world title fight ended in defeat to Josh Warrington, much to the surprise of many. 'The Leeds Warrior' raced out of the traps, catching Carl early, and kept up a pace and pressure that didn't allow Frampton to ever catch up. That spectacle was awarded 'Fight of the Year 2018' by the BBBofC.
After considering his future, Frampton, now 33, decided to go again at super-featherweight to try to make history as Northern Ireland's only ever 'Triple Champion', and got straight back to winning ways with a clear points victory over American Tyler McCreary in November of last year in Las Vegas, followed by the one-sided seventh round KO of underwhelming Darren Traynor in August last year.
Former Marine Herring, 35, upset the odds in May of last year by defeating the defending WBO world super featherweight champion Masayuki Ito in Kissimmee.
Prior to this, his only title action came with a challenge for the vacant USBA title in September 2018, which he won by defeating John Vincent Moralde on points.
The Cincinnatian southpaw defended his world title in November 2019 against mandatory challenger Lamont Roach and won comfortably via decision.
He hasn't lost a fight for over three-and-a-half years and has won three world championship bouts in a row.
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Tim Rickson, BBN Editor: “I haven't seen much of Jamel Herring but I can see there will be a size advantage for him in this fight. I strongly believe that Frampton will put it all on the line in his attempt to make history; he's going to be a man on fire! Although, he's clearly not the same fighter he was in 2016; he's been on a steady decline since the Santa Cruz loss. He has scalped a few names and prospects, but he's not the world-beater he once was around four/five years back. I think it could go to the wire and it could come down to whoever gets their tactics right on the night. I think it will end in a very close points decision to Frampton, but could go either way. I can't see Frampton being stopped, but can't see him getting the stoppage either. I think a points decision is the most likely outcome and I hope and pray that Frampton gets it right on the nnight and makes history!”
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By winning the IBF World super-bantamweight title in 2014, then the WBA Super World featherweight title in 2016, Frampton became the first boxer from Northern Ireland to have held world titles in two weight classes.
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