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Jamel Herring vs Shakur Stevenson

Jamel Herring vs Shakur Stevenson predictions: Fight card, odds, start time, preview

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Jamel Herring and Shakur Stevenson made weight without any issues this afternoon. Herring (23-2, 11 knockouts), the reigning WBO junior lightweight titleholder, weighed in at 129.8 pounds. Stevenson (16-0, 8 KOs), the challenger, came in at the division limit of 130 pounds.

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WBO junior lightweight
Jamel Herring vs Shakur Stevenson
Date: October 23, 2021, Time: 10:30 p.m. ET

The Jamel Herring vs. Shakur Stevenson fight card will take place on Saturday, October 23 at 12:30 a.m. for UK fans and 7:30 p.m. ET for those in New York City and on the East Coast. Herring and Stevenson are set to make their ring walks at approximately 10:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 a.m. BST, although that depends on the length of the earlier bouts.

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The 24-year-old Stevenson, a silver medalist at the 2016 Olympics, has developed a tight bond and mentor/mentee relationship with unbeaten welterweight champion Terence Crawford. Herring, 35, has been trained in recent years by Crawford’s co-head coach Brian “BoMac” McIntyre, which means the pair of junior lightweights have congregated in the same extended friend group for some time despite knowing this day could become possible once Stevenson chose to move up in weight. 

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But Stevenson trained under McIntyre, alongside Crawford, for his previous fight with Herring in the same gym. McIntyre is now back in Herring’s corner plotting to end Stevenson’s undefeated streak.

The Newark, New Jersey, native is coming off a lackluster performance in June, a unanimous decision victory over Jeremiah Nakathila. Stevenson, ESPN’s No. 3 at 130 pounds, was in control through all 12 rounds but never threatened to put the lightly regarded fighter away, leading to criticism from fans.

You do have to say that Shakur just out-classed those guys, too, because he did. Maybe he really is so skilled that he made both those guys worse than normal, and styles make fights and all that. Shakur’s slick, he’s fast, he’s sharp, and he’s hard to get going against because he’s a very smart young boxer. I think Jamel Herring can give him some tests mentally that others haven’t, because I don’t think Herring will be so easily mentally beaten. But then it comes down to skillset, and I just have a hard time seeing where Jamel beats Shakur.

That’s not to say that Stevenson is invincible, of course; I think he’d have real trouble with an ultra-gritty pressure fighter who forced him out of cruise control. Herring, unfortunately, is going to give him a boxing match he’s ill-equipped to win. Adept as “Semper Fi” is at utilizing his ridiculous proportions, he’s not so adept that a technician of Stevenson’s caliber can’t find his way into his preferred range and work from there. Herring doesn’t hit hard enough to keep Stevenson honest, either; outside of a perfectly timed uppercut like the ones that destroyed Carl Frampton, Stevenson won’t have to worry about Herring equalizing the technology gap with one shot.

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The tall (5-foot-10), rangy boxer from Cincinnati has successfully defended his belt three times, including an impressive sixth-round knockout of former Fighter of the Year Carl Frampton this past April. Stevenson, a 2016 Olympic silver medalist, is a polished boxer who has been blessed with unusual speed and athleticism. None of his 16 opponents gave him much of a fight, including veterans Christopher Diaz, Joet Gonzalez and Toka Kahn Clary. Stevenson defeated Gonzalez by a near-shutout decision to win the vacant WBO featherweight title but vacated immediately to campaign at junior lightweight. He’s coming off a shutout of Jeremiah Nakathila in June.

My career, I’m not saying it’s over, but he’s the upcoming rising star, said Herring on Shakur being a rising star. “So, of course, when they put him in the leagues of the Floyds, the Pernell Whitakers, and the guys that we idolized coming up. Of course, that’s more pressure on him.

Stevenson had pulled this same move earlier in the week at the final press conference. Herring seemed prepared for it today. He even stepped forward after brushing Stevenson’s hand aside, while the challenger backed up and began talking trash.

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