Carl Frampton RETIRES from boxing after his dream to become Ireland’s first-ever three-weight world champion is shattered by Jamel Herring
Carl Frampton confirmed his retirement from boxing after his bid to become Ireland’s first-ever three-weight world champion was shattered on Saturday following a devastating defeat at the hands of Jamel Herring.
The Belfast-born fighter said before his world title shot that he would call it a day if he lost – and he stood by his word after his corner threw in the towel in the sixth round of the WBO super-featherweight contest in Dubai.
Frampton was twice knocked down by the American – who was in control throughout the fight.
The 34-year-old scrambled back to his feet after the second of those knockdowns in the sixth round and took a count of eight.
He tried to continue but was clearly imbalanced and struggling and the end came with one minute and 40 seconds of the sixth round gone.
“I said before I would retire if I lost this fight and that’s exactly what I’m going to do,” a visibly emotional Frampton said in the ring.
“I just want to dedicate my life to my family now. Boxing has been good to me, it’s also been bad to me.
“The last few years with these boys [trainers Jamie Moore and Nigel Travis], but the last few years with these boys have been the best few years of my career.
“I just want to go home to my beautiful wife and kids and that’s it.”
On the fight itself, Frampton told Channel 5: “I just got beat by the better man. I really struggled to get inside him.
“He is sharp-shooting, from a distance, and had a perfect game plan. Zero excuses.”