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 lots, when it comes to a method 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 Americans Jamel Herring and Shakur Stevenson.
On paper, given their respective types, few will likely be touting Herring-Stevenson as a possible Fight of the Year contender. However, due to their personalities and the friction that exists between them, the combat is however 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 take a look at he has wanted for some time now and is probably going the take a look at he requires to deliver out one of the best in him. In Herring, he has an opponent who will power him to combat, and who will take a look at him, and who is not going to enable Stevenson to cruise or take the protected path to victory, as he has executed greater than as soon as to date 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 seeking to observe up his spectacular stoppage of Carl Frampton in April with an excellent larger scalp this weekend. Unbeaten since 2017, this is able to be probably the most eye-catching victory of the eight Herring has gathered in that time period and, ought to he grow 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 in addition greater fights down the road.
Both, then, have all of it to play for on Saturday night time 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 had to fight me or he would’ve been stripped of his [WBO] title’,” mentioned 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 fight in front of the amazing fans in Atlanta. Trust me, you are going to see a show.”
“The year 2021 has been good to me so far,” Herring, 23-2 (11), mentioned. “I started the year with a big fight and a major win over Frampton and I look forward to finishing out the year the same way I started it, not only with another huge victory, but as a [WBO] champion. I have nothing else to say.”
Whenever watching these two share the identical area, the variations of their mindsets and attitudes grow to be instantly obvious. Where Stevenson is all youthful vitality and spite, Herring, 11 years his senior, is all-knowing and calm, virtually to the purpose of dullness. Yet it’s Herring, after all, who has proven extra vitality and spite within the ring of late, particularly throughout his sixth-round stoppage of Frampton, a combat during which 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 passed off in Dubai and was due to this fact largely ignored.
Stevenson, alternatively, is any person who, although given the massive build-up upon turning professional in 2017, has to date 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 by way of strategies which have turned off lots of people initially excited to look at him and observe his progress. Often risk-averse, by no means wanting to change, Stevenson has led his 16 opponents a merry dance however has not often managed to get the folks watching off their seat. That may very well be an issue if he can’t increase his sport as he strikes up the degrees. It may very well be an issue on Saturday, too.
Herring’s lengthy levers and top, 5ft 10ins, make him a troublesome proposition for any super-featherweight. He can definitely combat, too. Calm and composed, he wastes little and packing containers properly, on the inside and outside. 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 earth at super-feather, has merely been punching down and going via the motions towards subpar opposition, on Saturday that every one adjustments. In 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 will discover, with Herring, both the person to reveal the constraints of the fashion he has to date adopted as a professional or the person to allow that exact same fashion to make sense and flourish.
The hunch, primarily based on the varied cameos we’ve seen to date, is that the latter state of affairs 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, nevertheless it may very well be a awful combat.