Frampton vs Herring postponed after ‘The Jackal’ suffers hand injury

Northern Ireland’s former two-weight world champion was due to face the American for his WBO super-featherweight belt in London on February 27, having originally seen the Covid-19 pandemic put paid to a June 2020 date in Belfast.

However, that bout has now been delayed again, with ‘The Jackal’ – who had surgery on both hands after beating Tyler McCreary in Las Vegas in 2019 – suffering another hand injury in training.

Frampton insists the issue is not serious and that he needs to be at his best to topple Herring as he seeks to become Northern Ireland’s first three-weight world champion.

“It’s just a bit of a twinge to my hand, nothing too serious but I have seen a specialist and his advice was to rest it,” Frampton said on Wednesday.

“So I asked about the possibility of a postponement to the fight and it was agreed to.

“It gives me a better chance because I will be going into the fight with two good hands after taking advice from the specialist. It’s nothing major though and there is no fracture.

“I did go into a fight with a hand injury against Tyler McCreary and ended up requiring surgery afterwards on both hands.

“No disrespect to Tyler, but Jamel Herring is a world champion and at a higher level so I need to be at my best. That is what I intend to be.

“I haven’t been able to spar or hit the heavy bags for a while. From next week I have been given the go-ahead to start doing that again. I have still been training, doing loads of running, shadow boxing and hitting the paddles as well, which kind of replicates the pads, but I have not hit anything solid for the last two weeks.

“It wouldn’t have sat right with me to pull out if people had spent their hard-earned money on tickets and travel, but this is completely different and I just want to give myself the best opportunity to win and that is it.”

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