In a fight that was billed as a true 50/50 world title bout, Jamel Herring made sure that the world knew he was the better boxer going up against Carl Frampton.
Despite a cut right above the right eye, Herring was able to drop Frampton various times and hurt him to the point Frampton’s corner threw in the towel to end it in the sixth round. Herring, now 23-2 as a pro, has successfully retained his WBO super featherweight title on an ESPN+ card in Dubai.
Herring’s left jab created plenty of distance for him in the first couple of rounds as the taller and longer fighter. Frampton eventually worked his way on the inside and was exchanging punches with the champion.
In the fourth round, Herring is cut right above the right eye, with blood pouring out of the cut. Frampton briefly took advantage and was attacking Herring’s body and targeting the right eye.
The fifth round briefly saw the momentum swing in Frampton’s favor thanks to a left hook to the body that hurt Herring. In response, Herring connected on a straight left hand that drops Frampton seconds later.
Going back to working the jab and keeping the fight at a safer distance, Herring was able to outbox Frampton for the first minute of the sixth round. After Frampton pushed Herring to the ropes, Herring connected on a left uppercut that dropped Frampton again. Frampton was slow to get up and Herring landed a flurry of power punches, hurting Frampton in the process. Frampton’s corner threw in the towel to save Frampton from any further punishment.
According to CompuBox, Herring was the busier fighter and outlanded Frampton in every round. Herring outlanded Frampton 66-39 in total punches and had a 55-35 advantage in power punches.
Herring first won the WBO title back in 2019 when he dethroned Masayuki Ito on Memorial Day weekend. Afterwards, Herring retained his title with victories against Lamont Roach Jr. later that year and then against Jonathan Oquendo last year.
After the fight, Herring spoke about his interest in facing WBC champion Oscar Valdez in a unification fight. There is also the possibility of a fight against top contender Shakur Stevenson, who has been waiting for a shot at the WBO title.
As for Frampton, his quest to become the first Irish fighter to win titles in three divisions, and his career, is over. In a post-fight interview, Frampton announced his retirement, ending a career that included world title victories at super bantamweight and featherweight.
Donnie Nietes, Keyshawn Davis Victorious On Undercard:
The one fight on the main card that preceded the world title fight featured the return of former world champion Donnie Nietes taking on Pablo Carrillo. Nietes won a lopsided decision against Carrillo, winning with scores of 96-95, 98-92, 99-91. This was Nietes’ first fight since beating Kazuto Ioka in 2018 to win the WBO super flyweight world title. After that win, Nietes vacated the belt, hoping to secure a career-defining that never came.
The final fight of the ESPN+ prelim saw American prospect Keyshawn Davis outbox Richman Ashelley, forcing the fight to be stopped after four rounds. Davis mixed up his punches, jabbing away towards the body and pressuring Ashelley to the corner at times and disrupting his rhythm. The young Davis avoided any serious danger from Ashelley with stellar upper body movement and steady footwork.
In a rather uneventful four-round affair, Fahad Al Bloushi defeated Suraj by unanimous decision. Al Bloushi outworked Suraj, landing several right hands and winning brief exchanges to pick up his fourth pro win.
The opening bout of the undercard featured Tursynbay Kulakhmet landing a vicious right hook to knock out Heber Rondon in the first round of the fight. Kulakhmet, who improved to 3-0 as a pro with the win, scored a knockdown with another right hook prior to the knockout.
Jamel Herring vs. Carl Frampton ESPN+ Results:
- Jamel Herring defeated Carl Frampton by TKO, round 6 (1:40) to retain the WBO super featherweight title
- Donnie Nietes defeated Pablo Carrillo by unanimous decision (96-95, 98-92, 99-91)
- Keyshawn Davis defeated Richman Ashelley by TKO, round 4 (3:00)
- Fahad Al Bloushi defeated Suraj by unanimous decision (scores were not announced)
- Tursynbay Kulakhmet defeated Heber Rondon by KO, round 1 (1:40)