There was a historic occasion in Dubai this past weekend, as Carl Frampton was looking to become the first Irish champion to become a three-weight world champion. However, the Irish star fell short on that target, as he was beaten by American Jamel Herring after being stopped in the sixth round of their clash.
The American floored the former world champion in the fifth round, and the result never looked to be in doubt once the sixth round got underway. Herring left Frampton on the canvas once again in the sixth, before the Irish star’s corner threw in the towel shortly afterwards.
Boxing News: Frampton Announces Retirement
Frampton had admitted before the bout for the WBO super-middleweight title that he was prepared to retire from the sport if he wasn’t successful. Herring also claimed the same, but it was to be the Irish star that was left making the announcement. When being interviewed in the ring after the conclusion to the fight, Frampton announced that he was now focused on family life.
He revealed that he was delighted with his professional career, and claimed that the last couple of years have been the happiest of his career. Frampton was left questioning retirement in December 2018 after defeat to Josh Warrington, but claimed that he wanted to go on for one final shot at the world title. However, he would never win the win world title again, but he remains a legendary figure in the sport and is part of a select group from Ireland that has won world titles at two weight classifications.
Boxing News: Frampton’s Excellent Career
Frampton retires from the sport with an impressive 28-3 record from his 31 professional fights. His last title win came in April 2018, as he won the interim WBO featherweight belt after a unanimous decision victory in Belfast against Nonito Donaire. Before that success, he has held the WBA (Super) and IBF super-bantamweight titles.
He carried the IBF title after beating Kiko Martinez for the belt in September 2015. He stepped up to challenge for the featherweight title in July 2016, and he won the belt after a majority decision victory against Leo Santa Cruz in New York. However, he would lose the belt back to the Mexican at the beginning of 2017. Herring was full of praise for his opponent after the decision, and claimed that he is one of his ‘favourite fighters’.