The WBO junior lightweight title will be on the line later this month when reigning champion Jamel Herring takes on top-ranked contender Shakur Stevenson as a lengthy underdog. Billed as the “Throwdown in A-Town” is the latest in a growing number of championship bouts scheduled for late 2021, including a pair of heavyweight contests featuring reigning champions Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, as well as Manny Pacquiao’s recent unsuccessful bid for the WBA (Super) welterweight crown, and Canelo Alvarez’ upcoming defence of his multiple super-middleweight titles against Caleb Plant. Promoted by Top Rank, this 12-round championship fight is set to Saturday, October 23 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta,
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|Odds - Herring vs Stevenson|
Herring Keeping Busy Since Claiming Title
Jamel Herring has maintained a busy schedule since claiming the WBO junior lightweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision win over Masayuki Ito back in May 2019. “Semper Fi’ has successfully defended his title on four occasions since most recently tallying a sixth-round TKO victory over Northern Ireland’s Carl Frampton just six months. But despite enjoying an impressive seven-fight win streak on his way to the top of the junior lightweight division, Herring finds himself trailing badly at the sportsbooks ahead of his upcoming clash with Stevenson, pegged as a lengthy 6.35 underdog on the boxing odds at Betsafe.
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) April 4, 2021
A long-time amateur boxer, who did not join the professional ranks until ending his career with the United States Marine Corps, with whom he served two tours of duty in Iraq, Herring has blossomed as a fighter since joining Top Rank three years ago. Herring’s recent victory over Frampton has widely been viewed as his most impressive performance since joining the championship ranks. Using a clear height and reach advantage, Herring had little difficulty in dominating Frampton, while also showcasing his impressive power, an element of his game that had not been previously widely displayed.
JAMEL HERRING: I WANT TO CONTINUE THE TRADITION OF MARINES IN BOXING https://t.co/3yXjm9k7s4
— FightPost (@UFC21) March 30, 2021
The Long Island, New York native also needed just eight rounds to get past his previous opponent Jonathan Oquendo, who was disqualified from their battle in September of last year due to excessive head butts. However, Herring has also demonstrated his ability to go the distance, with each of the previous four contests, and 12 of his 25 career fights as a pro ultimately getting decided by the judges. Overall, he has received the nod from the judges on 11 occasions and looks to his date with Stevenson sporting an impressive 23-2 pro record.
Stevenson Enjoying Meteoric Rise
That record will be put to a severe test against Shakur Stevenson, who makes his first bid for the WBO junior lightweight belt perched as a massive 1.09 favourite on the boxing odds at Bet99. “Sugar” has quickly established himself as a dominant fighter during his brief four-year professional career. The 24-year-old is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Jeremiah Nakathila back in June that earned him the WBO interim junior lightweight title, while also improving his unblemished pro record to 16-0.
.@ShakurStevenson throws some vicious body shots 😳
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 10, 2020
Despite still being somewhat of a newcomer, Stevenson has amassed considerable experience as a champion. The Newark, New Jersey native previously won the IBF Inter-Continental and WBC Continental Americas featherweight titles, and the WBO-NABO featherweight title, and capped his career as a featherweight with a dominating unanimous decision victory over Joet Gonzalez in October 2019 that earned him the WBO featherweight crown.
Stevenson has maintained that dominance since moving up to the 130-pound division, following up his sixth-round knockout win over Felix Caraballo in June of last year with another nod from the judges in his clash with Toka Khan Clary last December. While he will be at a disadvantage in both height and reach against the reigning champion, Stevenson has developed a reputation for playing it safe.
— ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) June 13, 2021
That approach has not necessarily gained the southpaw a lot of love with the fans, which was evident in the wake of his lopsided over Nakathila that was widely criticized for being a boring contest. However, that style has helped fuel the strong 1.48 odds at Funbet of the fight going the distance. But while all indicators suggest that this contest will mark the coronation of Stevenson as a world champion for the second time in his career, it is easy to find value in Herring’s odds, both to claim the victory, and to do so by decision.
The Picks: Jamel Herring to win (6.35) at Betsafe; Herring to win by decision (9.50) at Funbet