After losing the WBO title to Jamel Herring, Carl Frampton announced his retirement to ‘dedicate his life to family.’
After losing in the sixth round in Dubai, the Northern Irishman has retired from professional boxing.
After losing to Jamel Herring in Dubai on Saturday night, Carl Frampton announced his retirement from boxing. The Jackal had hoped to become a three-weight world champion, but the American outclassed him and he was stopped in the sixth round.
Herring, who was making his third defense of his WBO super-featherweight title, floored Frampton in the fifth round before sending him to the canvas one round later with a devastating uppercut.
Frampton would get back on his feet, but his corner threw in the towel under a barrage of persistent pressure and little coming the other way.
The 34-year-old had suggested before the fight that if he lost, he would call it a day on his brilliant career, and he kept his word in an emotional post-fight interview.
“I said earlier that if I lost this fight, I’d retire, and that’s precisely what I’m going to do,” he added.
“Right now, all I want to do is devote my life to my family.” Boxing has been both a blessing and a curse for me.
“I’ve had the best few years of my career working with these guys [trainers Jamie Moore and Nigel Travis].”
“All I want to do is go home to my lovely wife and children.”
Herring lavished respect on his opponent, describing him as one of his favorites.
“My most recent performance wasn’t my finest. People questioned my credibility. They referred to me as “every name in the book.” I wasn’t going to give up despite the wound. I wasn’t about to give up. I was not going to give up.
“Honestly, he [Frampton] is one of my favorite boxers. I’m honored to be able to give him the ring. He’s a world champion in two divisions.
“It was an honor to meet him because he has done so much for the sport of boxing.”
Defeat brings an end to a spectacular 12-year professional career in which he competed in a number of notable fights.
He earned his first world title in 2014, defeating Kiko Martinez in front of 16,000 adoring home supporters in Belfast to win the IBF super-bantamweight title.
Frampton would go on to defeat Chris Avalos, Alejandro Gonzalez Jr, and Scott Quigg, the latter of whom he defeated in front of a sell-out Manchester crowd. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”