Trainer Jamie Moore has paid tribute to Carl Frampton after the former two-division world champion announced his retirement from the sport.
Frampton was bidding to become Ireland's first three-division world champion and had a glimmer of hope after cutting Herring above the right eye in the fourth round.
However, he was dropped in the following round before Moore threw the towel in the sixth to end proceedings. It brought an end to a glittering 12-year professional career.
Regardless of his defeat to Herring, Frampton - Ring Magazine's 2016 Fighter of the Year - has rightly secured his legacy as a British boxing legend.
Despite all of the glory presented in the ring, Frampton admits he has some regrets, including not having Moore as his trainer sooner.
The former European champion, who has helped guide Chantelle Cameron to world glory, was appointed as Frampton's trainer in 2017 following a messy split from the McGuigans.
They soon built a solid parternship and became good friends.
Together they notched up victories against Darren Traynor at Windsor Park and Filipino legend Nonito Donaire in the Northern Irish capital.
Moore admitted to Spencer Oliver and Jake Wood on the Pound for Pound podcast it was not a hard decision to stop the fight.
"It was easy to me that decision at that point because my only interest is for the fighter's wellbeing," he said.
"You've got to take all the emotion, the event and the magnitude of it all out of the decision. Your sole purpose has got to be the safety of the fighter."
"We knew," about his retirement. "He'd made the decision. He tried his best, he got the answer. He can retire nice and content now.
"Carl's got such good feet and judgement of distance but the attributes of Herring in terms of his height and reach, it was pretty obvious that he was struggling to get his range and distance with him.
"Herring was setting traps. Even though he's not as quick, his timing is really good and he got that little half step of distance. You've got to take your hat off to Herring.
"Going off his last couple of performances, you never saw that performance in him.
"You always see a better version of a fighter when they're fighting Carl because they always turn up and put in the best performance," Moore added.
"When you lose a fight it's always disappointing, but it never seems as bad when they're nice people. What a beautiful person he is, a nice and humble guy."
Fury virtually unbeatable at heavyweight
Joshua - a two-time unified champion - currently holds the WBA, IBF and WBO titles while Fury is the WBC champion.
It is the first time the UK has all four major world titles in the heavyweight division and can make even more history in making the first British undisputed clash.
Joshua avenged his sole defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019 and has since fought Kubrat Pulev in December 2020. The Gypsy King is yet to fight since his dominant win over Deontay Wilder in February of last year.
Despite concerns about negotiations stalling, a two-fight deal has been agreed and if the fight comes into fruition, Mancunian Moore can see it being a close contest but believes there is only one winner.
"I've always said this, I've always said Fury. When he's on it, he's virtually unbeatable.
"His attributes, his height and reach, his awkwardness. He's the expert at stopping you from doing what you're good at, and then he takes over.
"The only thing is, I think it'll be closer than a lot of people do. Joshua is a big puncher, his ring IQ's improving, so this is nowhere near a foregone conclusion like some people think."
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