Carl Frampton’s boxing profession got here to an finish on Saturday in Dubai, the place he was beaten inside of six rounds when making a challenge for Jamel Herring’s WBO junior lightweight title.
The battle Frampton goes out on was an formidable bid to win a world title in a 3rd weight class, so as to add one thing extra to his legacy within the ring, to place one thing extra on his résumé. He was preventing small at 130 lbs; Carl frankly fought small even at 126, as he was a thickly-built however not tall man at 122, the place he was at his easiest.
He was crushed soundly by a greater fighter on the night time towards Herring, and he made no bones and no excuses about that.
“I simply received beat by the higher man. I actually struggled to get inside him. He was sharpshooting from a distance, good recreation plan,” he mentioned. “Zero excuses, I had a tremendous camp, I used to be coming into this battle to win it. I used to be simply crushed by the higher man.”
Frampton then confirmed one thing else folks will keep in mind about him past his accomplishments within the ring: his class, his humble nature, and his gentlemanly respect for everybody else.
“I really feel like you ought to be interviewing the champion,” Frampton mentioned. “I misplaced the battle, he’s the champion.”
That led to Herring — additionally identified for his gentlemanly nature — coming over and embracing his foe, sharing phrases with Frampton and calling it “an honor” to have shared the ring with him. The respect between the 2 sides was very clear and in addition very clearly honest, and for those who want any further proof of that, this got here from Jennifer Herring, Jamel’s spouse, on Friday:
I do know it’s battle week however @RealCFrampton was a real gentleman greeting me as we speak. Alongside along with his camp! A lot a lot respect!
— Jennifer Herring (@JenCHerring) April 2, 2021
Boxing has at all times had its trash talkers and at all times will. However the sport, too, has at all times had and at all times can have its gents warriors. Jamel Herring is one in every of them. Carl Frampton is one other.
And with Frampton, who retires at 28-3 (16 KO) and a two-weight world champion, stepping away from the ring, listed below are some ideas that have been shared from the boxing world on Twitter yesterday:
Sure, this most likely the most important victory of my profession, however i simply need for everybody to hope and present love for @RealCFrampton. I’ll at all times be a fan, and he’s a real gentleman. God bless you, my man. Please make it dwelling safely to your lovely household.
— Jamel Herring (@JamelHerring) April 3, 2021
Carl Frampton shall be remembered for what he’s; a tremendous fighter who achieved wonderful issues, and somebody who united a rustic and gave them unbelievable reminiscences. One of many bravest fighters I do know and typically they want saving from themselves. What an honour it’s been ❤️ pic.twitter.com/DxVqNQQyna
— Jamie Moore (@JamieMoore777) April 4, 2021
Completely gutted for @RealCFrampton . A Very illustrious profession that the majority fighters can solely dream off. He gave me my greatest boxing experiences & reminiscences, I’m grateful I used to be concerned in part of his excellent journey & proud to name him my pal. All the most effective in retirement pic.twitter.com/1JcT6hNi6A
— Josh Taylor (@JoshTaylorBoxer) April 4, 2021
What a champion, what a legend @RealCFrampton maintain your head excessive, get pleasure from the remainder of your life champ!
— Michael Conlan (@mickconlan11) April 3, 2021
An illustrious profession that introduced many unbelievable moments, together with changing into a two-weight world champion.@RealCFrampton must be pleased with what he has achieved. A real legend of the game who gave every part. Here is to a cheerful retirement along with his household.#HerringFrampton pic.twitter.com/GpY40Bslgc
— MTK World Boxing (@MTKGlobal) April 3, 2021
“I mentioned earlier than that I might retire if I misplaced this battle, and that’s precisely what I’m gonna do.”
2-division world champion. 2016 Fighter of the 12 months. Represents every part good in regards to the sport.
— Prime Rank Boxing (@trboxing) April 3, 2021
A two division world champion, a WARRIOR within the ring, and about as stylish a person you will discover exterior of it.
Congrats on a tremendous profession to ‘The Jackal’ Carl Frampton pic.twitter.com/BDeibl1Mk3
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) April 3, 2021
What a improbable profession @RealCFrampton has had.
Certainly one of my favorite British fighters.
Congratulations on all you’ve achieved, now it’s time to get pleasure from household life.
— Dave Coldwell (@davidcoldwell) April 3, 2021
I need to give a particular point out to Carl Frampton who hoped to win the WBO belt Carl accepted defeat with grace & dignity. He’s now retiring to spend high quality time along with his household. Completely happy retirement Carl. @RealCFrampton pic.twitter.com/6hn1mBOf47
— Frank Bruno MBE (@frankbrunoboxer) April 4, 2021
3/4/2021 is all about @RealCFrampton legend of the sport on this little island of Eire. Gave his all as at all times, so many nice nights in Belfast, Manchester & New York to place on the market but additionally in Nationwide stadium Dublin & Ulster Corridor #Legend
— Patrick Hyland (@Pajpunisher) April 3, 2021
Carl Frampton, hero!!!
— Conrad Cummings (@ChampCummings) April 3, 2021