A hand injury has reportedly delayed Carl Frampton’s attempt to become a three-weight world champion against WBO super-featherweight king Jamel Herring on February 27, in the latest in a series of postponements.

Multiple sources have told Boxing Social that the Herring-Frampton bout has hit a further delay after the Belfast challenger suffered an injury that apparently requires two weeks’ recuperation with the fight set to be rescheduled a month later on March 27, possibly at a new location. 

The Queensberry Promotions show on February 27 will still go ahead with an alternative main event, most likely a promotion of British super-featherweight champion Anthony Cacace’s defence against Leicester’s Lyon Woodstock that was set to be the chief support to Herring-Frampton. 

Frampton’s shot at three-weight glory has been fraught with problems. The bout was scheduled for last summer when the Covid-19 Pandemic intervened before Herring’s interim defence against Jonathan Oquendo was twice postponed due to the champion returning positive tests for Covid-19. When Herring did eventually fight Oquendo in September 2021, he suffered a scratched cornea en route to an eighth-round disqualification victory.

After being pushed back from late 2020, the bout finally landed on February 27 before the WBO’s No.1 contender Shakur Stevenson pressed his claims for a title shot, threatening the fight again. A compromise was agreed with the winner of Herring-Frampton compelled to meet Stevenson 90 days after their bout’s conclusion (following a shorter five-day negotiation period) or be stripped of the title.

Now Herring-Frampton has hit the brakes again in another twist of fate.