Contemporary off probably the most spectacular win of his skilled profession, WBO Junior Light-weight champion Jamel Herring undoubtedly has profitable choices in entrance of him for his subsequent bout. And, despite the fact that unbeaten, former U.S. Olympian and former WBO Featherweight titleist Shakur Stevenson is his necessary challenger, the 35-year previous Herring has his eyes on a much bigger prize.
In feedback made to Boxingscene.com senior author Keith Idec on Tuesday, the New York native Herring made clear that if he has his selection, he’ll bypass what has gave the impression to be his sure subsequent bout with Stevenson for this Fall,
As a substitute, Herring, who knocked out Eire’s Carl Frampton in his third title protection this previous Saturday in Dubai, desires WBC 130 lb. champ, Oscar Valdez. He mentioned to Idec,
“It’s (Stevenson) a giant combat and I do know it’ll pay nicely, in fact,” Herring mentioned. “However the Valdez combat trumps that. It’ll pay extra after which there’s extra of a reward on the again finish for my profession. OK, say we combat Shakur and we beat Shakur, individuals are gonna have a look at it and so they’re gonna discover one thing to downplay it anyway – one thing. ‘Oh, he was younger,’ or you recognize, one thing.
“Valdez, he was a featherweight champion who defended his title on a number of events, he beat probably the most harmful man within the division [Miguel Berchelt] and, you recognize, he’s the primary man to many individuals that have a look at the junior light-weight division. So why not go for that? It’s nothing towards Shakur. I’m a fan of Shakur. I feel Shakur’s top-of-the-line fighters on the market. However once you have a look at resumes, you recognize, you’d need to say Oscar Valdez makes extra sense proper now.”
Stevenson, 15-0, is slated to combat #2 WBO contender Jeremiah Nakathila in a High Rank Boxing promoted Jr. Light-weight battle in June.
In the meantime, Valdez captured the WBC 130 lb. title with a formidable KO of longtime champion Miguel Berchelt in Las Vegas in February and gained his second world title in a distinct weight division.
As Idec factors out, all three fighters are below the High Rank Boxing promotional umbrella, and it’s now a matter of what combat promoter Bob arum wish to make?
Stevenson is a rising star, who’s 13 years youthful than Herring. And, he could be the man that Arum desires to groom as the longer term Unified, if not Undisputed, Junior Light-weight champ. Herring additionally acknowledges within the Boxingscene article that he could have much less leverage, if he vacate the WBO’s belt and the 30 yr previous Valdez, who’s 29-0, then probably could not wish to combat him.
Nevertheless, they’re the 2 largest names, proper now, within the division, no matter whether or not Herring nonetheless has the WBO title. And, it will be a big payday for each of them.
Additionally, the WBO may do what they’re meaning to do with the proposed Olesander Usyk-Joe Joyce Heavyweight contender combat later this Summer time.
Usyk, the previous World Cruiserweight champ, has been the WBO’s primary heavyweight for over a yr. And if Unified Champion Anthony Joshua (who has the WBO belt) nonetheless refuses to combat him, then the bout with Joyce is not going to simply be for the “interim” championship, however could possibly be elevated for his or her “World Title” at a later date.
That appears to be the identical scenario with the Stevenson- Nakathila combat, the place it will be to solidify the primary slot for the “interim” belt. Then, if Herring decides to vacate, the winner can be declared the World Champ.
They’re nice choices for the previous U.S. Marine Herring to have and we all know his choice of opponent.
Now, we wait to see what combat will get made.