Carl Frampton (28-2, 16 KOs) will retire from boxing should he lose his world title fight with Jamel Herring (22-2, 10 KOs) this weekend.
The pair will be battling herring WBO Super Feather Weight Strap in Dubai on Saturday and the Northern Irishman says this will be his last fight if lost.
He told reporters, “I will retire if I lose this fight because I believe I can win another world title and if I lose I don’t want to have to go around the houses to get back to a world title position and wait for two or three years. “
Speaking at the pre-fight press conference at Caesar’s Palace, Bluewaters, he said that he respected his opponent so much that he couldn’t afford to lose.
“I think whoever loses this fight should back off to be honest,” said Frampton. “I expect the best Jamel there has ever been. If you look at his last performance he got a bit of criticism, but so did I for my last fight so I think we both have to be better than last time. We’ll see what happens. I expect the best from him and have prepared for it. “
Frampton, who last won a world title in 2017, has the chance to make history by becoming the first Irishman to win world titles in three different weight classes after being world champion in featherweight and super bantamweight.
‘The Jackal’ was in Dubai longer than his opponent and expressed his luck with the course of his camp. “I’m happy with the way things have gone, people are talking about my hand injury, but it was very small and not really a problem for me. I took care of it in sparring and the camp was otherwise top notch so no complaints. I’m where I need to be and ready for the fight. “
Champion Herring has only been in Dubai for two weeks but insists he is fully prepared for the fight. “I’m not looking for weaknesses, we have prepared for the best Carl Frampton because we know what is at stake for him. We don’t look for faults, we look for the best and this is how we approach all fighters. “
He added, “This is the biggest name on my resume. We have acclimatized and trained according to the time difference so that we can prepare for the fight. “
This is the first time that a world title fight will be held in Dubai.
#LEGACYDUBAI FIGHT NIGHT takes place from 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 3rdapprox at the The rotunda at Caesars Palace, Bluewaters, Dubai
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