Jamel Herring insists it won’t be a history-making moment for Carl Frampton ahead of their WBO super-featherweight title showdown next month.
Herring (22-2, 10 KOs) defends his world title against Frampton (28-2, 16 KOs) in London on February 27, live in the UK on BT Sport.
It sees Frampton attempt to go down in the record books by becoming the island of Ireland’s first ever three-weight world champion.
Herring is confident of ending those plans, and has dismissed the claims that his sparring with Terence Crawford will be a problem.
He said: “It’s time to ruin plans and crush dreams. First it was my size, now they’re worrying about who I’m sparring with. Last I checked, I didn’t know Terence Crawford and I were sparring to kill each other.
“Just be ready to fight when the bell rings. I’m focused over here and I’m cooler than the other side of the pillow. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone soon. I’m excited to jump into a huge matchup. I’ll focus and ignore all distractions.”
Promoter Frank Warren, who is staging the event, expects full fireworks when they step in the ring.
"I am thrilled we are able to deliver this huge opportunity for Carl to reinforce his position as the top Irish fighter of his or any other generation. Carl has been and is a tremendous ambassador for the sport and his huge following is testament to the qualities he shows in and out of the ring. The only downside to this fight coming about now is that he will be going into battle without his legion of Belfast fans roaring him on," Warren said.
"For Carl to become a three-weight world champion would really be something else and in many ways a fitting finale to a magnificent career, although it might not quite be the end of the story. Herring is a top fighter and a gentleman who we are looking forward to welcoming over for a huge night on BT Sport."