Jamel Herring vs Shakur Stevenson predictions: fight card, odds, start time, how to watch, preview

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He may have fallen a bit under the radar this weekend, but nonetheless, the top two fighters in a talented 130-pound division will face off in Atlanta on Saturday with the WBO junior lightweight title on the line.

Fresh out of an exciting knockout of two-division champion Carl Frampton, Jamel Herring (23-2, 11 KOs) will seek the fourth defense of his WBO title when he welcomes rising star and former featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson (16 -0, 8 KO’s) inside State Farm Arena (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).

The main storyline entering the fight was the pause (or dissolution, depending on your perspective) of a growing friendship between them through their global boxing circles.

Stevenson, 24, a 2016 Olympics silver medalist, has developed a close bond and mentor / mentee relationship with undefeated welterweight champion Terence Crawford. Herring, 35, has been coached in recent years by Crawford co-trainer Brian “BoMac” McIntyre, meaning the pair of junior lightweight weights have come together in the same extended group of friends for a while. time, although he knew that this day could become possible once Stevenson chooses to gain weight.

Neither are known to be big talkers and both were respectful but direct to each other in building up the fight, which included an intense clash between them in the last press conference. from Thursday. Still, if you listen carefully enough, there has been an underlying level of tension threatening to spill over given the stakes.

“It’s definitely not personal and it’s all about business at the end of the day,” Stevenson said. “I don’t care about him like, he’s not my friend. I don’t talk to Jamel Herring outside of boxing.”

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Herring, who completed two tour duty in Iraq as a member of the United States Marine Corps, agreed.

“It’s nothing personal and it’s just business,” Herring said. “We’re building a fight, that’s all it takes for me. I’ve heard worse and I’ve been through worse. We’re just two top contenders in the division trying to prove who’s better.

“It feels like another elite, top-level fight in a busy and talented division. For me, we just take one fight at a time and put all of our personal feelings aside. We do what we have to do.”

Despite Stevenson’s decorated success through 16 fights as a pro, he is attempting to become a two-division champion in need of a revolutionary performance. While boxing has long been a ruthless sport in which not every fighter is judged as good as their most recent performance, Stevenson has come under heavy criticism for his June decision victory over hard-hitting Jeremiah Nakathila.

Although Stevenson continued to score identical scorecards from 120 to 107 in a shutout performance that featured a knockdown in Round 4, the performance was anything but inspiring or exciting. The proud Newark, New Jersey native, however, disagreed when asked if he should eliminate Herring in order to win back praise from his critics.

“Certainly not. At the end of the day, this is an elite and championship level fight,” Stevenson said. “You can’t judge me on a fight when I’ve played time and time [again]. I can’t say I’m going out there looking for a knockout, but if he makes a mistake I’m going to capitalize on it. ”

The herring itself knows a thing or two about what a night can do to a fighter’s reputation. His 2020 title defense against Jonathan Oquendo, which Herring won by disqualification for repeated head butts, was marred by criticism that Herring dealt with the effects of fouls and essentially asked to withdraw from the fight knowing he would get victory.

Yet with his credentials suddenly questioned, Herring responded in the broadest possible way in April when he traveled to Dubai and not only completed an upcoming Hall of Famer in Frampton, he sent it to retirement after an exciting TKO in the sixth round.

That’s part of the reason Herring doesn’t mind hearing how punters made the defending champion a 6-1 underdog against Stevenson.

“It just plays right into my story,” Herring said. “I’ve always been the underdog, not just in boxing but in life. I don’t really go into the whole thing, I’m not a bet anyway. I don’t mind at all.”

Stevenson thinks this will be his go-out party and it’s up to Herring to end it.

“It’s going to be good to beat the whole team. I can’t wait to go against [Herring trainers Brian McIntyre and Red Spikes]. It’s not just Jamel that I’m fighting. I have to beat Bomac and Red, and it will do me good to do that, ”Stevenson said.

“You’re going to see a special night, my coming out night. It’s going to be a great night, and he said he was going to ruin the party, so let’s see if he can do it.”

The undercard is also a hallmark of some of the growing Top Rank prospects. Look no further than the joint bout where 19-year-old sensation Xander Zayas returns to take on Dan Karpency in a junior middleweight bout. The two are ready for a six-round affair. Zayas has been nothing short of impressive since turning pro in October 2019 with a perfect 10-0 record and seven knockouts to his name. The Puerto Rican native is still slowly building his name before moving up to levels above 154 pounds.

Additionally, some of the Ring Legends family are in action on Saturday as they pursue their own burgeoning careers. Evan Holyfield, son of former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, is back in a junior middleweight contest when he faces Charles Stanford. Holyfield followed in his father’s footsteps with a perfect 7-0 record and five knockouts during his young career. Additionally, Muhammad Ali’s grandson Nico Ali Walsh is back in a featured middleweight contest when he faces off against James Westley II. Ali Walsh made waves in August with a TKO victory in his professional debut. Saturday’s competition will take place over four rounds.

Fight card, odds

Odds via Caesars Sportsbook

  • Shakur Stevenson (16-0, 8 KOs) -900 v Jamel Herring (c) (23-2, 11 KOs) +600, WBO junior lightweight title
  • Xander Zayas (10-0, 7 KOs) -4000 vs. Dan Karpency (9-3-1, 4 KOs) +1500, junior middleweight (six rounds)
  • Nico Ali Walsh (1-0) vs. James Westley II (1-0), middleweight (four rounds)

Prediction

A former amateur hobbyist who represented the United States at the 2012 Olympics, Herring only deserves credit for how he was able to turn his professional career upside down in recent years after a pair of losses lifted him from status. future candidate for borderline companion status.

A serious southpaw with a high boxing IQ, Herring has had seven straight wins and remains one of boxing’s best wellness stories. But there’s a reason the betting odds are where they come in in this fight and that’s because Stevenson has shown the kind of long term potential of a future ledger for pound.

Unless Herring manages to slow Stevenson down by going to the body, it has everything to be a long night at the office. Stevenson’s speed and footwork is nothing short of sublime, which means that even if he can’t (or won’t) aim for the knockout, boxing’s default fold from the outside, no matter what. the entertainment value it creates remains an option for him.

Stevenson’s ability to strike without being hit can only be compared at this point to a young Floyd Mayweather. Expect this natural speed gap to be more than enough to get ahead of the herring.

To take: Stevenson via UD12

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