‘He’s A Solid Fighter’: Shakur Stevenson Describes Jamel Herring Ahead Of Title Fight

Shakur Stevenson is confident, but not underestimating Jamel Herring for their Saturday bout at the State Farm Arena.

Speaking to the Ring, Stevenson (16-0, 8 knockouts) admitted that the WBO junior lightweight may turn out to be the toughest fighter he has ever faced.

“It would mean everything to me to become a two-weight world champion,” Stevenson said.

“I think it’s going to be a good fight – he’s a solid fighter. He’s a big threat, every opponent is a threat. He’s tall, rangy, boxes a little bit, he’s got a little pop. I just don’t think his skill level is on my skill level. I’m going to put on a great show.”

Stevenson has held the WBO interim junior lightweight title since June. He previously donned the WBO featherweight title from 2019 to 2020.

As an amateur, Stevenson represented the U.S. at the 2016 Summer Olympics and won a silver medal in the bantamweight division.

The Ring has rated Stevenson No. 5 at 130 pounds. The challenger knows that Herring will come well prepared for the Saturday fight.

“I know [Herring’s] going to come in in shape. I know he made the proper sacrifices. He’s got a great corner. He did a whole training camp with Bo-Mac. I know he’s going to be prepared,” Stevenson continued.

“I think he’s going to be on top of his game. I’ve got to go against Bo-Mac and them. It’s going to be cool; I don’t think that’s going to play a part. I feel like they’re good at what they do; they know how to prepare people and I know that. It doesn’t matter who it is, I’m coming prepared.”

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