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Carl Frampton: Promoters optimistic that world title fight against Jamel Herring can take place in Belfast in June

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Promoter Frank Warren says he's 'hopeful' that Carl Frampton's world title fight can proceed as planned this summer.

The Jackal is due to take on WBO World Super Featherweight champion Jamel Herring on June 13 at an as yet unconfirmed location.

Frampton is hoping that the bout will take place at Windsor Park, although the indoor SSE Arena is also an option.

Warren says plans are continuing, although the announcement that was originally due to be made this week has been delayed.

"At this moment in time, we are still hopeful of being able to stage this event in June," he said.

"However, we will monitor the ever-changing landscape surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic."

American Herring was always open to an away fight and spoke of his anticipation at headlining in front of up to 20,000 fans at Windsor Park.

Now, however, he has admitted there is the potential for a limited capacity.

“Overall, I’m confident things will be cleared up long before June," he told Boxing Scene.

“If you ask me, I feel for Frampton because he was expecting home field advantage. But what’s the purpose now if we’re being restricted to small crowds of people at the moment.”

Currently, sporting bodies are tentatively preparing for a return to action in time for Frampton's fight.

For instance, UEFA have pencilled in Northern Ireland's Euro 2020 qualifier against Bosnia & Herzegovinia for early June, with a potential final against the Republic of Ireland or Slovakia at Windsor also due to take place before Frampton is set to step into the ring.

However, in the shifting landscape of the coronavirus outbreak, it remains to be seen whether these events take place as planned and whether spectators are permitted.

Belfast Telegraph