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History-making world title fight with Jamel Herring deserves to be at Windsor Park, says Carl Frampton

Carl Frampton is still a regular visitor to his first boxing club, Midland ABC in North Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Andy Watters

CARL Frampton wants to make history this summer and he says it would be a shame if his WBO super-featherweight title rumble with reigning champion Jamel Herring was held anywhere other than Windsor Park.

Dethroning New Yorker Herring would see Frampton become Ireland’s first-ever three weight world champion and the Jackal predicts that the 25,000 seater at Belfast venue will sell out “pretty quickly” if and when the fight is confirmed.

It is understood that discussions were held over the venue last week but with promoter Frank Warren in Las Vegas for Tyson Fury versus Deontay Wilder, nothing was decided.

“I don’t really know what the stumbling block is but Windsor is where I want it to be,” said Frampton on a visit to Midland ABC, the Tiger’s Bay club where his career began, yesterday.

“I think it deserves to be there, it’s a huge fight and I think it will sell out. There’s no doubt in my mind that it will sell-out pretty quickly. Hopefully we can get it over the line because that’s where it deserves to be, that’s where I want it to be and I’ll hopefully know more very soon.

“It deserves a huge venue and I think it would be a bit of a shame if it was anywhere else. It deserves something big and Windsor, to my mind, is the biggest place we could put it.”

Herring (21-2) has consistently stated his willingness to defend his title against Frampton in Belfast. The former US Marine won the WBO belt in May last year and defended it in November against Lamont Roach. Travelling to Windsor Park would be daunting challenge for the American but Frampton says: “He’s up for it”.

He added: “He is ready for the fight, he has agreed to it and me and him have a very much a mutual respect for each other and hopefully the people that need to put this together finally get it over the line.

“It is going to be a difficult night but you put me at Windsor Park against any featherweight or super-featherweight on the planet and it’s going to be a very difficult night for them.

“Yeah, it will add something to me if it happens there and, fingers crossed, it comes off.”

June 13 has been unofficially mentioned as the date but Frampton has said he would be ready for a May date if required. He rejects the suggestion that it was the inclusion of Tyson Fury on the undercard which helped sell-out Windsor Park when he appeared there against Luke Jackson in August 2018.

“Fury now is one of the biggest attractions in the world,” said Frampton.

“When he fought on my undercard he was a big attraction but, without sounding big-headed, people were there to watch me against Luke Jackson and Paddy Barnes against (Cristofer) Rosales. People were there to watch those fights and it was great to have Fury on the undercard.

“Now he probably does 20 or 30 or 40 the numbers I would on TV but on a fight night in Belfast at Windsor Park, people are there to watch the local boxers and that is the truth. That’s no disrespect to Tyson Fury, he’s a huge name, but that’s the way boxing is over here.”

He added: “I take a bit of inspiration from what Fury did at the weekend and how he went about the win.

“If you can’t be inspired by what he did, you are probably in the wrong sport so I’m just busting to get back, to get a camp going and get back into the full swing of things and get a fight announced.

“I want to start training to become the only ever three-weight world champion from the island of Ireland.”

 

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