Having previously held world titles at super-bantamweight and featherweight, ‘The Jackal’ will seek to become Ireland’s first ever three-weight world boxing champion when he challenges for the WBO super-featherweight belt in Dubai on Saturday night.
This bout was originally supposed to happen last year before being booked to take place on February 27 at London’s Copper Box Arena, only to then be postponed and a new location sought after Frampton suffered a hand injury in training.
The Pride of Belfast first fractured his hand in the summer of 2019 and required surgery on both hands following his unanimous decision win over Tyler McCreary that November – his first fight since losing the IBF featherweight title clash with Josh Warrington in Manchester.
34-year-old Frampton last fought at York Hall in August, stopping replacement opponent Darren Traynor in the seventh round.
Next opponent Herring has held the WBO strap since upsetting Masayuki Ito in Florida in May 2019, successfully defending it in subsequent wins over Lamont Roach Jr and Jonathan Oquendo, the latter of whom was disqualified for an intentional headbutt.
The performance against Oquendo was hardly convincing by the American southpaw, 35, a former US Marine sergeant who served two tours in Iraq.
Frampton vs Herring undercard/fight card in full
Carl Frampton vs Jamel Herring
Tursynbay Kulakhmet vs Heber Rondon
Donnie Nietes vs Pablo Carrillo
Zhankosh Turarov vs Tyrone McKenna
Faizan Anwar vs Evgenii Vazem
Keyshawn Davis vs Richman Ashelley
Fahad Al Bloushi vs Suraj
Frampton vs Herring date, start time, venue and ring walks
Frampton vs Herring takes place on Saturday, April 3, 2021.
The card is now being held at Caesars Palace Bluewaters in Dubai.
Ring walks for the main event are expected at around 10pm BST, though that will obviously depend on the length of the undercard bouts.
How to watch Frampton vs Herring
TV channel: Frampton vs Herring will be shown on free-to-air television in the UK, with Channel 5 broadcasting the bout live.
Live stream: Those with a valid TV license will also be able to stream the fight online via the My5 app.
“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 vs Herring fight prediction
Frampton’s best days in the boxing ring are surely now behind him, while Herring flattered to deceive during his second defence against Oquendo.
Still, this is a really intriguing and potentially evenly-matched contest that could go either way.
Frampton will have to be smart against a tricky southpaw with obvious height, weight and reach advantages, though it seems doubtful that Herring possesses the power necessary to force a stoppage.
We’re backing ‘The Jackal’ to become Ireland’s very first three-weight world champion after an efficient performance that brings a comfortable points win.
Frampton vs Herring betting odds
Frampton to win via KO/TKO or DQ: 15/8
Frampton to win via decision/technical decision: 1/5
Herring to win via KO/TKO or DQ: 8/5
Herring to win via decision/technical decision: 1/5