CHANNEL 5 TO BROADCAST HERRING VS FRAMPTON LIVE IN UK: Channel 5 today confirms that it will broadcast Herring VS Frampton LIVE on Saturday night, 3rd April, free to air for UK fans. The highly anticipated WBO super-featherweight title fight between Jamel Herring and Carl Frampton will be broadcast on the public service broadcaster, live from The Rotunda at Caesars, Bluewaters, Dubai.
After much speculation as to a UK broadcaster, Channel 5 confirmed that it will broadcast Herring VS Frampton LIVE from 10pm on Saturday night. Post-fight, time permitting, Channel 5 will show highlights from the undercard including the WBO Intercontinental super-lightweight title fight between Zhankosh Turarov (Kazakhstan) VS Tyrone McKenna from Belfast and a Lightweight fight between Keyshawn Davis (USA) VS Richman Ashelley (Ghana).
Carl Frampton said: “I am absolutely delighted that my fight will be shown to the masses on free to air TV and to have a huge audience watching me make history is truly special”
Jamel Herring and Carl Frampton both made weight as they prepare for their highly-anticipated WBO super-featherweight title fight on Saturday.
The two fighters weighed in on Friday, with Herring tipping the scales at 58.7kg (129.4lbs), while Frampton was slightly heavier at 58.9kg (129.9lbs).
Elsewhere on the card, former four-weight world champion Donnie Nietes makes his highly-anticipated return, facing Pablo Carrillo for the vacant WBO International super-flyweight title. Nietes weighed 52.1kg (114.8lbs), and Carrillo was 52kg (114.6lbs).
Another title fight sees Tursynbay Kulakhmet defend his WBC International super-welterweight title against Heber Rondon. Kulakhmet weighed 69.8kg (153.8lbs), and Rondon was 69.7kg (153.6lbs).
Tyrone McKenna is in action too, facing Zhankosh Turarov for the WBO Intercontinental super-lightweight title. McKenna weighed 63.3kg (139.5lbs), with Turarov still due to weigh in.
(ESPN+, 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT)
• Jamel Herring 129.4. lbs vs. Carl Frampton 129.9 lbs
(Herring’s WBO Jr. Lightweight World Title — 12 Rounds)
Judges: Zoltan Enyedi (Hungary), Ferenc Budai (Hungary) and Giulio Piras (Italy)
Referee: Giustino Di Giovanni (Italy)
• Zhankosh Turarov 140 lbs vs. Tyrone McKenna 139.6 lbs
(Turarov’s WBO Intercontinental Jr. Welterweight Title — 10 Rounds)
(ESPN+, 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT)
• Keyshawn Davis 138.2 lbs vs. Richman Ashelley 136 lbs
(Jr. Welterweight — 6 Rounds)
• Donnie Nietes 114.9 lbs vs. Pablo Carrillo 114.6
(Vacant WBO International Jr. Bantamweight Title — 10 Rounds)
• Tursynbay Kulakhmet 153.9 lbs vs. Heber Rondon 153.7
(Kulakhmet’s WBC International Super Welterweight Title — 10 Rounds)
Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring’s WBO junior lightweight world title defense against Belfast’s former two-weight world champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton — Saturday, April 3 from Caesars Bluewaters Dubai — will stream live and exclusively in the United States on ESPN+.
Herring-Frampton will headline a two-bout broadcast beginning at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT. In the 10-round junior welterweight co-feature, undefeated Kazakh star Zhankosh Turarov will fight Belfast native Tyrone McKenna.
“This is a fight that’s been in the works for a very long time, and I expect both Jamel and Carl to be at their best,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “It’s an even matchup, and I am pleased that fans in the United States can watch it live on ESPN+.”
Herring (22-2, 10 KOs) has made two defenses of the title he won from Masayuki Ito in May 2019, most recently defeating Puerto Rican challenger Jonathan Oquendo via disqualification last September at the MGM Grand Las Vegas Bubble. He was originally scheduled to face Frampton last summer in Belfast, but COVID-19 intervened. Frampton (28-2, 16 KOs), who won world titles at junior featherweight and featherweight, hopes to make history as the island of Ireland’s first three-division world champion. He has won two straight bouts since losing a unanimous decision to Josh Warrington in December 2018 for the IBF featherweight world title. In his lone ring appearance of 2020, Frampton knocked out late replacement foe Darren Traynor in the seventh round.
Undercard action streaming on ESPN+ includes:
Former four-weight world champion Donnie Nietes (42-1-5, 23 KOs) returns to action after more than two years away from the ring and will fight an opponent to be named in a 10-rounder at junior bantamweight. Nietes, from the Philippines, is one of four Asian fighters in boxing history to capture world titles in four weight classes.
Keyshawn Davis (1-0, 1 KOs), a former U.S. amateur standout who captured a silver medal at the 2019 World Championships, will take on an opponent to be named in a six-round lightweight bout.
The highly-anticipated WBO super-featherweight title fight between Jamel Herring and Carl Frampton will now take place at The Rotunda at Caesars, Bluewaters, Dubai on Saturday 3 April.
Dubbed as ‘Legacy’, the D4G Promotions event sees American hero Jamel Herring (22-2, 10 KOs) make the third defence of his world title, with the man known as ‘Semper Fi’ looking to continue his fantastic run of form.
Standing in his way is Belfast’s Carl Frampton (28-2, 16 KOs), who attempts to achieve his dream by become the island of Ireland’s first and only three-weight world champion.
Ahmed A Seddiqi of D4G Promotions said: “We are honoured to now be staging the incredible world title battle between Jamel Herring and Carl Frampton. This is one of the most anticipated fights of the year, and we’re proud to have it in Dubai.
“This event has been a long time coming and we know boxing fans from across the globe will be tuning in to see if history will be made an a new legacy crowned or if we’ll see a hattrick.
“This is going to a be a must-see event, and it is one that people are certain to be talking about around the world for years to come.”
Reigning champion Jamel Herring said; “All of the postponements have been frustrating, but I’m happy that this fight is still happening. I want to thank Top Rank, my manager Brian McIntyre and MTK for working behind the scenes to keep things on track because it definitely wasn’t easy keeping this event together.
“I still have the same hunger I had when this fight will first presented. After watching the great performance Oscar Valdez showcased over the weekend, I’m definitely looking forward to making a statement in this exciting division.
“I know a victory over Frampton will lead to bigger and better things down the road, but I have to take care of Carl Frampton first and I’m totally focused on defending my title on April 3.”
Challenger Carl Frampton added; “Delighted to get this the new date and venue confirmed, it’s definitely been a rollercoaster to get here and I want to thank my team at MTK Global, Queensberry and Top Rank for getting this over the line.
“This is my chance to make history and fans or no fans, this fight is going to be one fight fans will remember. Jamel is a tough opponent but I’ve put the work in, I have a fire lit inside me and I’m confident that this legacy fight will go in my favour on the night, I’ll be leaving it all in the ring.”