Carl Frampton's quest to become Ireland's first ever three-weight world champion has been postponed as a result of a hand injury to the Belfast boxer.

The Jackal was due to take on WBO super-featherweight champion Jamel Herring on Saturday, 27 February, however, the fight has now been delayed to allow Frampton to recover from injury.

The pair were supposed to fight in June last year in Belfast but that was scuppered by the coronavirus pandemic, leading Frampton and Herring to take tune-up bouts last August and September respectively.

While Frampton (28-2, 16KOs) was untroubled as he outclassed then stopped Scotland's Darren Traynor inside seven rounds, Herring (22-2, 10KOs) retained his title when Jonathan Oquendo was disqualified for repeated headbutts.

"It's just a bit of a twinge to my hand, nothing too serious," said Frampton. "I have seen a specialist and his advice was to rest it.

"So I asked about the possibility of a postponement to the fight, and it was agreed to.

"I haven't been able to spar or hit the heavy bags for a while. From next week, I have been given the go-ahead to start doing that again."

As a result of Frampton's fight getting called off, fellow Belfast fighter Anthony Cacace will now headline the televised card as he defends his British super-featherweight title against Leon Woodstock.