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Carl Frampton announces retirement from boxing following defeat to Jamel Herring in Dubai

Carl Frampton retires from boxing after bid to make history is crushed by Jamel Herring in Dubai as American beats down Northern Irishman leaving corner to throw in the towel as The Jackal says: ‘I want to dedicate my life to my wife and kids now’

  • Carl Frampton’s dream of making history was crushed in Dubai on Saturday

Carl Frampton has called time on his sensational boxing career after Jamel Herring crushed his dream of becoming a three-weight world champion in the Middle East.

Frampton vowed to cement his legacy in Dubai, with The Jackal looking to become the first boxer from the island of Ireland to become a three-weight world champion. 

However, former US Marine Herring had other ideas, putting in a near flawless performance to quash the 34-year-old’s hopes of making history. 

Carl Frampton has announced his retirement from boxing following defeat by Jamel Herring

The 34-year-old was bidding to make history and become a three-weight world champion

The 34-year-old was bidding to make history and become a three-weight world champion

Frampton dedicated the fight to former trainer Billy McKee, who passed away this year, before announcing his decision to call time on his career.  

‘I’m deeply upset,’ Frampton said. I want to dedicate this fight to Billy McKee. ‘I said I’d retire if I lost this fight and that is what I’ll do. 

‘My wife and kids have made so much sacrifices, I have missed them so much. I want to dedicate my life to them now. 

‘Boxing has been good to me, it’s also been bad to me. I just want to dedicate my life to them. 

However, former US Marine Herring proved a challenge too big for The Jackal in Dubai

However, former US Marine Herring proved a challenge too big for The Jackal in Dubai

The 34-year-old was unable to close the gap on Herring without getting caught by his rival

The 34-year-old was unable to close the gap on Herring without getting caught by his rival

Frampton was down in the fifth before being floored in the sixth as his team threw the towel in

Frampton was down in the fifth before being floored in the sixth as his team threw the towel in 

‘I got beat by the better man, I struggled to get inside him. Perfect game plan. Zero excuses. I had an amazing camp, I was just beaten by the better man.’

And so he was. The 34-year-old struggled to find his rhythm in the opening rounds of the fight with former US Marine Herring setting a good early pace and displaying his class. 

With trainer Jamie Moore spurring him on, Frampton found joy in the fourth round, pushing Herring back up against the ropes, who was left bloodied to the eyelid in a sign of encouragement for The Jackal. 

Frampton vowed to retire in defeat and maintained that promise following his failed title bid

Frampton vowed to retire in defeat and maintained that promise following his failed title bid

However, Frampton’s forward pressure played into the hands of Herring, who floored the Northern Irishman in the fifth round as he advanced with a clean straight left hand. 

Frampton was put out of his misery finally in the sixth round, as Herring landed a huge left upper cut to down the 34-year-old again, before his corner threw the towel in to call it a night for the veteran. 

Herring moves onto bigger fights further down the road, but the American paid his respects to Frampton following his victory. 

‘I am honoured to share the ring with him,’ Herring said. ‘He’s done greatness for the sport of boxing. God bless you whatever you do from now.’   

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