WBO Junior-Lightweight Champion Jamel Herring admits he’d rather fight Oscar Valdez than Shakur Stevenson.
Herring is fresh off perhaps the best performance of his pro boxing career. He scored a TKO victory over Carl Frampton in a dominant display. Frampton announced his retirement after the fight.
Herring and Stevenson are friends but Stevenson has made it clear that he’s willing to fight Herring. Stevenson is the mandatory challenger for the WBO gold.
During an interview with BoxingScene.com, Herring shared that his preference is a showdown with WBC Champion Valdez next.
“It’s a big fight and I know it’ll pay well, of course. But the Valdez fight trumps that. It’ll pay more and then there’s more of a reward on the back end for my career. OK, say we fight Shakur and we beat Shakur, people are gonna look at it and they’re gonna find something to downplay it anyway – something. ‘Oh, he was young,’ or you know, something.
“Valdez, he was a featherweight champion who defended his title on multiple occasions, he beat the most dangerous guy in the division [Miguel Berchelt] and, you know, he’s the number one guy to many people that look at the junior lightweight division. So why not go for that? It’s nothing against Shakur. I’m a fan of Shakur. I think Shakur’s one of the best fighters out there. But when you look at resumes, you know, you’d have to say Oscar Valdez makes more sense right now.”