Jamel Herring Eyes Oscar Valdez Unification After Win Over Carl Frampton

Jamel Herring Vs Carl Frampton

  • Jamel Herring stopped Carl Frampton in six rounds last Saturday to retain the WBO junior lightweight title.
  • After the fight, Frampton announced his retirement,
  • Herring meanwhile, called out WBC champion Oscar Valdez for a title unification showdown.

Needing a big statement after his previous title defense against Jonathan Oquendo last September ended in a disqualification win due to an accidental headbutt, Jamell Herring rose to the occasion last Saturday night in Dubai. Fighting without an audience to to COVID-19 protocols, Herring delivered the fight of his life.

Herring retained his WBO junior lightweight title with a dominant sixth round TKO win over Carl Frampton in Dubai last weekend. The 35-year old champion shrugged off a nasty cut on his right eyelid to produce the best performance of his career and halt Frampton’s attempt to become the first Irish fighter to win world titles in three different weight classes.

Frampton Retires

If there were doubts about Frampton’s chances of making history, it was because of the significant size advantage that Herring had. Semper Fi was five inches taller than the Jackal and also had a seven-inch reach advantage that he used wisely throughout the course of the fight.

Frampton was unable to get past Herring’s jab and failed to impose himself against the biggest opponent he’s ever faced. Herring consistently pumped a long jab that kept Frampton from turning the fight into a close range battle. With the Jackal unable to do what he does best, Herring dictated the tempo of the fight and dropped Frampton in the fifth and sixth rounds. He finished off the Jackal with a flurry after the sixth round knockdown as Frampton’s corner threw in the towel.

As promised, Frampton announced his retirement after the fight. The 34-year old from Northern Ireland had vowed to call it a career if he lost to Herring in a weight class where he is grossly undersized. The defeat was only the third in what has been otherwise a brilliant career. But with size and age no longer his ally, the Jackal has deemed it best to spend more time with his family.

Unification Against Oscar Valdez

While Frampton announced his retirement after the fight, Herring said that he wants another world title wrapped around his waist. During his post-fight interview, Herring called out WBC super featherweight champion Oscar Valdez of Mexico and challenged him to a title unification showdown, a move that “angered” Shakur Stevenson.

Stevenson is Hering’s mandatory challenger and prior to Saturday night, he was believed to be the front-runner for the next title shot. Stevenson was also linked to Valdez and the two had discussed about fighting each other next. But with Herring calling out Valdez, Stevenson felt left out of the picture. But given what’s there to put him on the sidelines, it’s worth it.

The bigger fight to make is of course the title unification between Herring and Valdez. Herring vs Valdez would also be the better match-up as both fighters have a fan-friendly fighting style. As for Stevenson, he may be the mandatory challenger, but his resume is a barren one. He really needs to step up his level of competition first before he tries calling the shots he has no right to call.

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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