Belfast set to host Carl Frampton's historic world title bid against Jamel Herring
Carl Frampton will bid for history when he challenges WBO World super-featherweight champion Jamel Herring with Belfast's SSE Arena expected to be the venue in April next year. Windsor Park also remains a possibility.
Frampton comprehensively outboxed Tyler McCreary over 10 rounds at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas in the early hours of yesterday morning, dropping the American twice with body shots despite damaging his left hand which had fractured twice during his training camp.
The hand been broken in August in a freak accident just days before he was to have fought in Philadelphia.
Now the pride of Belfast is being lined for a hero's return to his home city for the opportunity of becoming the first boxer from Northern Ireland to win world titles at three different weights, having previously held the IBF/WBA super-bantamweight titles and WBA featherweight belt.
"If that fight can be made for Belfast that would be fantastic. Jamel is a big man but I'm daring for greatness. I just need to let my hands heal and see what happens," said Frampton. "I thought I boxed well and it was good to be back. Although I had re-fractured the left hand there was no way I wasn't going to fight."
Bob Arum, the world's leading promoter, has said that he is ready to tie up a deal for Frampton to face Herring, who was at ringside in Vegas, and has no doubt the American will put his title on the line in Belfast.
"We believe that we can deliver a title fight for Carl against WBO super-featherweight champion Jamel Herring in Belfast. Whenever the indoor arena over there is ready we can go ahead and do it," said Arum, who confirmed April is a realistic option.
"Herring would be getting very well paid so I don't believe that it will be a problem to bring him to Belfast. It would have been easy to make the fight in the States but we really feel we have an obligation to give Carl a big fight in Belfast and I love it over there.
"I think they've made me an honorary Irishman because of the work we've done with Carl and Michael Conlan.
"Herring, naturally, wants to make sure there would be neutral officials for the fight and that's not a problem. It would be another huge fight for Belfast and we know the fans there would love it."
Arum was particularly impressed with the atmosphere at Conlan's bout in the summer at Falls Park, which came a couple of weeks before he arrived in London for Vasyl Lomachenko's world lightweight title clash with Luke Campbell.
On both occasions Arum and his Top Rank colleagues were blown away by the passion of the supporters.
"When I went back to Belfast for the first time in 30 years I was keen to see what it was like because I knew what I had experienced before was special and it was great to that same enthusiasm and passion so I can't wait to go back," he added.
"We also had a great time with Lomachenko in London and what we're seeing is that the TV figures for fights being shown in the States in the afternoon are tremendous. We don't lose anything by doing fights in the UK which because of the time difference are going out in the afternoon in the States and ESPN love it because the atmosphere is so good."