Boxing

Jamel Herring target unification clash with Oscar Valdez

The warriors... Carl Frampton and Jamel Herring share a moment after the fight
Andy Watters

JAMEL Herring called out WBC super-featherweight champion Oscar Valdez after he had dominated Carl Frampton to win inside six rounds in Dubai on Saturday night.

Herring (35) had not impressed in the previous (second) defence of his WBO title against Jonathan Oquendo but he was absolutely on-point on Saturday night. The New Yorker used his huge height and reach advantages to pepper Frampton and he had dropped the Belfast man in the fifth round before he closed the deal with a thumping uppercut in the sixth. It was a very accomplished performance from the former US Marine who mixed precision with power to become the first, and only since Frampton has now retired, man to stop the gutsy Belfast fighter.

“I'm honoured to share the ring with him,” said ‘Semper Fi' afterwards.

“It was an emotional roller-coaster just to get here. My last outing wasn't my best, people doubted me and they called me every name in the book but even with the cut I wasn't going to give up, I wasn't going to quit.

“Carl Frampton is just a tremendous champion. I have been a fan since day one and it's tough to see any veteran of the sport go out like that. But I'm glad he's able to walk out on his two feet and God bless him and his family. It was been great, it's been a great night.”

Oscar Valdez knocked out Miguel Berchelt in February to win the WBC version of the super-featherweight title. Herring has contemplated moving up in weight but a unification clash with the popular Mexican would be much too big an opportunity for him to turn down.

“This was a great test and I know Oscar Valdez has expressed interest in fighting and I would love that fight,” he said.

“I have plans for moving up but if that fight is available and they want that fight then let's make it happen especially if we can put that lineal title on the line. Let's get that lineal title on the line and go from there.”

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