'The Jackal' hints at retirement if he loses on Saturday night
Old tigers sensing the end are at their most fierce.
No that wasn’t from famous philosopher, Sean Connery said that in The League of Extraordinary gentleman. However, the saying certainly rings true for two-weight world champion, Carl Frampton. ‘The Jackal’ enters the ring to face Jamal Herring for the WBO super-featherweight title at The Rotunda Ceasars Palace, Dubai aiming to make history. In fact, he’s aiming to beat his own record. Frampton is already Northern Ireland’s most successful boxer having claimed world honours at 122 and 126 pounds. The desire to claim a title at 130 pounds and make himself a three-weight world title is there. However, at 34 years old, which in all fairness, makes him an old man at the weight. Has forced Frampton to acknowledge that this is the clichéd ‘last chance saloon’. Victory might see him carry on his storied and well-travelled career. But defeat, will coerce him to hang up his gloves for good.
"If I lose, I'm retiring because I want to be a world champion again," he said.
"I'd have to go round the houses and get myself into a position to fight for another world title."
Belfast boxer Frampton added: "I'm not prepared to do that at 34 years old. But I want to win this fight which I will do. I'm not even thinking about losing."
"I've been sparring amazingly and it's just been going on an upward trajectory the whole way.
"My last spar was the best I've done. I haven't lost a round of sparring this whole camp.
"If I do what I did on that last spar, I'll win the fight and it won't even be close.
"I'm chomping at the bit now and we're only a couple of days away from it.
"I can't wait for it. I am really up for it. I'm full of confidence. I believe I'm going to win this fight. I don't see how he can beat me. I really don't."
Can he do it?
At the peak of his powers, Frampton was named Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine, the Boxing Writers Association of America, and ESPN in 2016. This was following a standout year which saw him beat Scott Quigg, and then step up in weight to take the WBA World Super-Featherweight title off of Leo Santa Cruz in what was seen as a huge upset. For Frampton to win the fight, he’ll need to roll back the years and perform at a similar level to the one that took these victories. Much is being made over the physical advantages that Herring holds over him. However, standing at 5 feet 5 inches tall. Frampton has been fighting much bigger men his whole career. He has the edge in speed of foot and hand, and if you give him too much time to think, he’ll pick you apart. He’s also fought at a much higher level than Herring. Knows what it’s like under the bright lights of the big fights. So can he do it, you bet you backside he can.