Jamel Herring (23-2, 11 KOs) had his way with former two-division world champion Carl Frampton (28-3, 16 KOs), who suffered his first career knockout loss in a one-sided fight in Dubai.
Herring defended his WBO junior lightweight title with a sixth-round TKO over Northern Ireland’s Frampton, who promptly announced his retirement as he said he would if he lost.
The size advantage was noticeable for Herring and his work on the outside left Frampton a bit lost at sea to begin the bout. Frampton cut Herring in the fourth round and fought his way on the inside, which was his best path to victory. The first knockdown was scored by Herring in round five on a left hand that Frampton pretty much ran right into. Herring did not go all-out for the finish and Frampton saw out the rest of the round.
Herring sealed the deal with a wicked uppercut in round six that put Frampton on his back. Honestly the referee could’ve stopped it there as Frampton was barely able to get to his feet. This time, Herring unleashed a devastating series of body and head shots and Frampton’s legs were completely gone. Again, the referee had every reason to stop it as Frampton could barely stand but it was the corner who rescued Carl from further punishment by throwing in the towel.
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Frampton had a hell of a fun career to watch and his first bout with Leo Santa Cruz was surely his peak. He’s no doubt been one of the classier competitors in the sport in recent times and hopefully he enjoys retirement and spending time with his family.
As for Herring, the 35-year-old has got a high-profile win on his record and you would think a unification with Oscar Valdez or a showdown with Shakur Stevenson are both options for him, made even easier by the fact that all three are under the Top Rank banner.