Marine veteran and junior light-weight Jamel Herring. Picture credit score: Mikey Williams/Prime Rank
Reigning WBO junior light-weight titleholder Jamel Herring was an ringside observer for Shakur Stevenson’s dominant 12-round shutout choice over unheralded Jeremiah Nakathila on the Virgin Inns, Las Vegas on Saturday.
Herring, who’s rated No. 3 by The Ring at 130-pounds, wasn’t impressed with what he noticed throughout his current scouting journey.
“I simply anticipated extra,” Herring (23-2, 11 knockouts) informed The Ring. “[Stevenson] obtained the win however he didn’t stay as much as all of the issues he was saying all through the build-up.
“[Stevenson] mentioned it was going to be a bloodbath and he was going to knock this man out. I wasn’t within the ring so I can’t inform you what was happening however while you say sure issues to the media and put the notion that you just’re the subsequent large factor, it’s important to take accountability for what you say.
“Individuals have been upset with the efficiency. Sure, it was a shutout however on the identical time skilled boxing can be leisure as properly and the leisure didn’t stay as much as the hype he was placing on the market.”
Herring feels Stevenson has been placed on a pedestal as the subsequent Floyd Mayweather although he doubts that’s the case.
“No disrespect to him however ‘Fairly Boy’ at 130 was undoubtedly extra a search and destroy,” he defined. “Sure, Floyd was defensive however when he made you miss, he made you pay. Floyd was getting guys on the market.
“He beat considered one of my favourite fighters rising up and it wasn’t even shut when he fought Diego Corrales. Within the build-up individuals have been favoring Diego to go on the market and destroy Floyd and Floyd not solely made it look straightforward however he completed Diego and that’s what they anticipated Shakur to do over the weekend. I had little question he was going to win the battle nevertheless it’s all about the way you look.”
Whereas Herring would favor a unification with WBC 130-pound titleholder Oscar Valdez, he is aware of the boxing enterprise will as a substitute see him face Stevenson this fall.
“I’m all for making the largest fights, we already know the largest battle that might probably be made was the unification with Oscar Valdez but when that must be the subsequent factor, then so be it,” mentioned the 35-year-old southpaw. “I’m not afraid of stepping as much as the plate and doing what I’ve to do to maintain my title.
“I commute on [a fight against Stevenson] not due to the battle it’s extra if the battle will likely be entertaining after what we noticed this previous weekend. Even when I come out with the win, how a lot does that battle elevate me when it comes to larger issues if the battle is lackluster?”
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 12: Shakur Stevenson (L) and Jeremiah Nakathila (R) alternate punches throughout their battle for for the interim junior light-weight championship at Virgin Inns Las Vegas on June 12, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Picture by Mikey Williams/Prime Rank Inc by way of Getty Photographs)
Herring can be upset with the unfavourable issues Stevenson has mentioned about him.
“He clearly for some cause has this this distain style for me, we had by no means had points previously till lately,” he mentioned. “That could possibly be his approach to construct the battle and I simply gained’t chew. He referred to as me a ‘B’ stage fighter, he mentioned he’s going to beat me up, he says I’ve no chin, he says he’s going to bloodbath me.
“He mentioned all these items about his opponents however his performances don’t add as much as all of the issues he’s saying. Sure, he’s a proficient particular person, sure, we all know that he can most likely dominate nearly anyone round-by-round and racking up rounds however when it comes to him and his killer intuition, it’s simply not there. You may’t threaten to me to do bodily hurt after which go on the market and placed on a efficiency like that in opposition to somebody most of the people don’t know.”
For his half, Herring is coming off a profession greatest win, when he stopped Carl Frampton in six-rounds to retain his WBO title for the third time in April.
“I take loads of satisfaction in that battle,” mentioned Herring earlier than taking one other swipe at Stevenson. “Going into that battle there was loads of doubt about me due to the [Jonathan] Oquendo battle however I went in there in opposition to a man who’s well-known, who had a much better resume than I do, even know. There was a superb quantity of people that picked him to win the battle.
“With Shakur’s final battle, he was just about fed an opponent that nobody actually gave a lot of an opportunity and he nonetheless didn’t placed on the kind of efficiency that I did in opposition to Carl Frampton. After I had Carl harm, and I really like the man, I didn’t let him grasp round an excessive amount of longer, I went on the market and I completed the job.”
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