Jamel Herring already knows the talent former WBO Featherweight titlist Shakur Stevenson will be bringing to the ring on fight night and doesn’t need any report, video or update on the Unbeaten fighter, who he faces on October 23rd.
Stevenson (16-0, 8KOs) did what he could to retain his featherweight title against Namibia’s Jeremia Nakathila on June 12th but his performance was placed under the microscope by the critics. However, his win over Jeremia Nakathila placed him in line for a shot at Herrings WBO Junior lightweight title.
What ever the critics had to say about Stevenson’s performance, Herring has seen to reason to underestimate Stevenson ahead of his October 23rs defence.
“I was there, I heard the reaction but I didn’t go off of that,” Herring admitted to ESPN’s Crystina Poncher during the official press conference to announce his title defense versus Stevenson. “I know how talented Shakur is at the end of the day. I don’t feed off what people say.
“That’s their opinion. At the end of the day, they’re not in with a guy like Shakur, an elite fighter.”
Stevenson will be hoping tow win a world title in his second weight class after already winning and defending the WBO Featherweight world title. Stevenson turned pro back in 2017 and was able to win a world title with just a year and six months after his Professional Debut.
Herring (23-2, 11KOs), who puts his title on the line against Stevenson has held the belt since 2019 and that was after suffering two defeats in three fights and had to link up with head trainer Brian ‘Bomac’ McIntyre to renovate his career.
Herring was brought under scrutiny after his disqualification win over Jonathan Oquendo but was able to get back in good terms with the audience, fans and pundits with a sixth round knockout victory over Carl Frampton in April. However, the Bookmarkers still favour Stevenson heading into this fight and Herring has no issues with that.
“I believe in terms of him, he sounds a lot more hungrier,” insists Herring, who attempts the fourth defense of his title. “It’s going to bring a long more out of him, and will make for a better fight between the two of us. We both have something to prove in our own right. He’s young, he’s hungry and wants to be a two-division champion, which I respect.
“Me, I feel like I’m always counted out. I’m still fighting for my respect. That’s what keeps me motivated and hungry. This fight especially will bring out the best in us.”