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WBO super-featherweight champion Jamel Herring opens door for Carl Frampton fight

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WBO super-featherweight champion Jamel Herring wants to fight Carl Frampton
Andy Watters

WBO super-featherweight champion Jamel Herring has said it would be “a privilege” to share a ring with Carl Frampton.

Former US Marine Herring (20-2) who out-pointed Japan's Masayuki Ito to win the title in May is the naturally bigger man but, at 33, he is almost 18 months Frampton's senior.

“I honestly don't know if I would be the favourite or not,” Herring told The Irish News.

“Truth be told I really don't care if I am because if you look at my last fight, I wasn't the favourite and still picked up a huge win.

“I can honestly say I'd have the size advantage of course, but Carl is a veteran, and at times experience is your biggest tool, so I'd have to be sharp and ready for anything.”

Herring didn't turn pro until he was 27 and admits he is a Frampton fan.

“It would be a privilege and great honour if we could make the fight happen,” he said.

“I'm a fan of Carl's, always respected him, and know he's a gentleman as well.

“If we're being honest, I was blown away when he mentioned my name as a potential opponent because this is a guy who's a 2 division world champion, and has also been in big fights.”

Former super-bantamweight and featherweight king Frampton will return as a super-featherweight and aims to finish his career as Ireland's first ever three-weight world champion. He is expected to have one 'tune-up' fight before turning his mind to a world title shot.

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