There were just two major cards this past weekend one in Uzbekistan and another in Dubai and it featured a little bit of everything for the boxing hardcore. A young emerging champion putting a division on notice, the return of a legend and another in the making. However, none of the many spectacular performances were quite as spectacular as what ‘”Sempra Fi” Jamel Herring of Coram, NY did to the legendary two-division former world champ Carl Frampton of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Battering and stopping the legend on his way to a sixth-round TKO victory sending Frampton humbly into retirement and successfully defending his WBO 130-Pound title moving his record to 23-2 (11) made his third consecutive world title defense and captured our Fighter of the Week award.
Despite being naturally bigger man and the defending world champ, Herring entered the ring a slight underdog. If he was going to pull the upset Herring would have to keep the swarming Irishman at the end of his punches and use the ring. The Marine did just that. Firing his jab and circling around to keep Frampton at bay throughout the first three stanzas putting those rounds in the bank. Frampton tried to get going in the fourth picking up the aggression and trying to get inside on Herring. However, he was taking as well as he was giving. He did manage to open a cut near the New Yorkers’ right eye. It looked as if Frampton was fighting he way back into the fight when a perfectly placed sharp left put Frampton on the seat of his pants. While the Marine stayed composed it was the beginning of the end for Frampton. The sixth round picked up where the fifth left off. The challenger walked into one of the pretties uppercuts you’re ever gonna see and was put on the canvas for a second time. While he was able to make it to his feet Herring jumped on the wounded fighter and finished the show with a barrage of precise power shots that forced Frampton’s corner to throw in the towel and call it a night and a career for their fighter. Giving Herring the sixth round TKO and a career-defining victory.
Herring is a late bloomer, he was the oldest member of the 2012 Olympic team. Didn’t Become a world champion until he was 33-years-old. At the low point of his career, the Marine had suffered losses to Ladarius Miller and Denis Shafikov. He appeared to be a feel-good story that made it to the Olympics on pure grit and determination but was simply a stepping stone as a pro. Someone who would be respectable and give a quality showing but come up short against elite-level opposition. Well, has that ever changed. The Coram, native just retired a hall of farmer, made the third consecutive defense of his world title, and put himself in a position where he can pick the fighter he wants to unify against. Shakur Stevenson would love to meet up at the Garden in a NY vs NJ showdown. Herring could opt for the red hot Oscar Valdez, who is similarly coming off of a career-best performance. Or he could try his hand at the lightweight division again. At 35-years old he seems to be getting better and could land a fight with undisputed champ Teofimo Lopez., both are with Top Rank and and Herring could force his hand as the WBO mandatory.