Can Jamel Herring, the older and wiser man, flip again the problem of Shakur Stevenson, the cocky, younger up-and-comer? By Elliot Worsell
SOMETIMES, even fights maybe not promising loads, by way of a mode matchup, are elevated by the personalities at play, and by no means is that this more true than within the case of Saturday’s (October 23) all-southpaw super-featherweight conflict between People Jamel Herring and Shakur Stevenson.
On paper, given their respective types, few will likely be touting Herring-Stevenson as a possible Combat of the 12 months contender. Nonetheless, due to their personalities and the friction that exists between them, the combat is nonetheless an intriguing one and comes on the proper time for each of them.
For Stevenson, the 24-year-old upstart and former Olympic silver medallist, that is the sort of check he has wanted for some time now and is probably going the check he requires to deliver out the perfect in him. In Herring, he has an opponent who will drive him to combat, and who will check him, and who is not going to enable Stevenson to cruise or take the secure path to victory, as he has accomplished greater than as soon as up to now in his 16-fight professional profession.
For Herring, in the meantime, this may very well be a possible star-making combat for him. At 35, having paid his dues within the sport, the previous US Marine will likely be trying to comply with up his spectacular stoppage of Carl Frampton in April with an excellent higher scalp this weekend. Unbeaten since 2017, this could be essentially the most eye-catching victory of the eight Herring has collected in that time period and, ought to he turn out to be the primary man to tarnish Stevenson’s undefeated document, he can count on to obtain not solely hero standing among the many faction who dislike Stevenson’s character and magnificence but additionally larger fights down the road.
Each, then, have all of it to play for on Saturday evening in Atlanta. Herring, the elder statesman with life expertise Stevenson can solely think about, sees the combat as simply one other combat and has promised to do his speaking within the ring, whereas Stevenson, the one keener to make noise, has at quite a few factors goaded Herring and accused him of being compelled to take a combat he would somewhat keep away from.
“Jamel needed to combat me or he would’ve been stripped of his [WBO] title’,” stated Stevenson, 16-0 (8). “I boxed him right into a nook and I’m going to take his title in devastating style on October 24.
“I can’t wait to combat in entrance of the wonderful followers in Atlanta. Belief me, you’ll see a present.”
“The yr 2021 has been good to me up to now,” Herring, 23-2 (11), stated. “I began the yr with an enormous combat and a significant win over Frampton and I look ahead to ending out the yr the identical method I began it, not solely with one other big victory, however as a [WBO] champion. I’ve nothing else to say.”
Every time watching these two share the identical house, the variations of their mindsets and attitudes turn out to be instantly obvious. The place Stevenson is all youthful power and spite, Herring, 11 years his senior, is all-knowing and calm, nearly to the purpose of dullness. But it’s Herring, after all, who has proven extra power and spite within the ring of late, particularly throughout his sixth-round stoppage of Frampton, a combat wherein Herring took management from the outset and pummelled the smaller man all through. That was a breakout efficiency from Jamel, one sullied solely by the actual fact it came about in Dubai and was subsequently largely ignored.
Stevenson, then again, is anyone who, although given the massive build-up upon turning professional in 2017, has up to now flattered to deceive. He has received every of his 16 fights – profitable has by no means been an issue – however has been securing these victories through strategies which have turned off lots of people initially excited to look at him and comply with his progress. Typically risk-averse, by no means desirous to change, Stevenson has led his 16 opponents a merry dance however has hardly ever managed to get the individuals watching off their seat. That may very well be an issue if he can’t elevate his recreation as he strikes up the degrees. It may very well be an issue on Saturday, too.
Herring’s lengthy levers and peak, 5ft 10ins, make him a troublesome proposition for any super-featherweight. He can definitely combat, too. Calm and composed, he wastes little and containers effectively, on the in and out. Stevenson, quick and flashy however as but unproven, merely hasn’t met anybody like him within the skilled ranks.
For if beforehand Stevenson, ranked seventh on the planet at super-feather, has merely been punching down and going by way of the motions towards subpar opposition, on Saturday that each one adjustments. Within the form of Herring, the quantity two, he finds somebody on the peak of his powers; somebody who has momentum in abundance and one thing to defend. He’ll discover, with Herring, both the person to show the restrictions of the type he has up to now adopted as a professional or the person to allow that exact same type to make sense and flourish.
The hunch, based mostly on the assorted cameos we’ve seen up to now, is that the latter situation will unfold on Saturday, with a unanimous resolution the youthful man’s reward for having faster palms and ft, in addition to no drawback profitable ‘ugly’.
On the Herring-Stevenson undercard, welterweight prospect Xander Zayas, 10-0 (7), has his fifth outing of the yr towards Dan Karpency, 9-3-1 (4). Zayas shut out James Martin over six rounds in February, destroyed Demarcus Layton in 56 seconds in April, broke aside Larry Fryers in three rounds in June, and dominated Jose Luis Sanchez over six rounds final month in Tucson, Arizona. Karpency, in the meantime, has but to be stopped in an eight-year professional profession.
There are appearances in Atlanta, too, for the grandson of Muhammad Ali, Nico Ali Walsh, 1-0 (1), and the son of Evander Holyfield, Evan Holyfield, 7-0 (5). They tackle James Westley, 1-0, and Charles Stanford, 6-3 (3), respectively.
The Verdict Intriguing, sure, but it surely may very well be a awful combat.