Carl Frampton announced his immediate retirement from boxing, following his defeat to American Jamel Herring on Saturday night.

The Northern Irishman had stated before the fight that a loss was likely to signal the end of his glittering career in the ring, which proved to be the case.

Frampton, looking to become the first Irishman to win world titles at three different weights, struggled against a fighter who had a height and reach advantage.

Herring had his opponent on the canvas in round five of their WBO super-featherweight clash, before an impressive uppercut had Frampton down again in the sixth.

Despite getting to his feet, the man from Belfast was backed up against the ropes with little defence when his team threw in the towel.

At the age of 34, Frampton feels now is the time to call it day after a career that has seen him lose just three of his 31 professional fights.

The man nicknamed ‘The Jackal’ admitted: “Boxing has been good to me. It’s also been bad to me but the last few years have been the best years of my career.

“I just want to go home to my beautiful wife and kids and dedicate my life to them. That’s it.”

On Saturday’s fight, Frampton added: “I just got beat by the better man. I really struggled to get inside him. He is sharp-shooting, from a distance, and had a perfect game plan. Zero excuses.”

The Northern Irish boxing focus will now switch to Michael Conlan, with the Olympic Flyweight bronze-medal winner back in action on April 30th.

Conlan, making his debut at super-bantamweight, will face Romanian fighter Ionut Baluta in London and a victory likely to then give him a shot at a world title.

The man from Belfast is the 3/10 favourite to win the fight, with Baluta (who is two years younger) 11/4 to claim victory.

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