Carl Frampton will bid for history next year as he looks to become a three-weight world champion.
The Northern Irishman was most recently in action just last weekend when he outpointed Tyler McCreary over 10 rounds at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, exclusively live on ESPN+ Stateside and in the UK on BT Sport.
Frampton, 32, dropped his American foe, who is now 16-1-1 with seven quick finishes, twice with body shots, despite damaging his left hand which had fractured twice during his training camp.
But ‘The Jackal’ is expected to be given home advantage when he hopes to add the WBO super-featherweight title to his belt collection in the New Year.
Boxing Scene understands that, once Frampton has had the chance to recover from the injury, he will be thrown in against the current titlist Jamel Herring.
Herring was ringside on Saturday to see Frampton’s dominant performance against McCreary, which saw him come away with a trio of 100-88 verdicts and is expected to be confirmed as his next foe in due course.
Frampton is a former IBF and WBA Super world super-bantamweight champion and WBA Super featherweight king.
And his US promoter Bob Arum has said it’s realistic for the fight to happen in Frampton’s home city of Belfast.
"We believe that we can deliver a title fight for Carl against WBO super-featherweight champion Jamel Herring in Belfast. Whenever the indoor arena over there is ready, we can go ahead and do it," said Arum. "Herring would be getting very well paid so I don't believe that it will be a problem to bring him to Belfast. We really feel we have an obligation to give Carl a big fight in Belfast and I love it over there.
Arum headed to Belfast back in August, to Falls Park, when Conlan took on Diego Alberto Ruiz –– and he is excited to go back there.
"I think they've made me an honorary Irishman because of the work we've done with Carl and Michael Conlan.”
Windsor Park, the scene of Frampton’s November 2018 stoppage victory over Australia’s Luke Jackson, is also said to be under consideration to host the clash with Herring, but the SSE Arena in the city, where Frampton was last seen outpointing Filipino legend Nonito Donaire in April last year, is the preferred venue.
Further details will follow soon.