Shakur Stevenson Attempts To Take Jamel Herring’s Title During Face-Off
Things heated up when Stevenson tried taking Herring’s WBO junior lightweight title during Thursday’s face-off ahead of their October 23 matchup.
Stevenson, the 24-year-old challenger, tried to calmly snatch the belt off Herring’s shoulder, but Herring held on tightly, looking like he was about to give his younger opponent consequences for what he just attempted.
Despite fans commenting on social media how “disrespectful” Stevenson was for his stunt, the New Jersey native is the favorite in betting odds.
Herring will make his fourth title defense on Saturday. He won the title in 2019 from Masayuki Ito in May 2019. Meanwhile, Stevenson, a 2016 Olympic silver medalist, is considered one of the youngest rising stars in boxing.
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The two will meet again on Friday at 1 p.m. ET for the weigh-in to lock in the matchup. Watch the weigh-in on FIGHT SPORTS on Facebook, not available in all countries.
“I think a lot of people want me to lose, but they’re not going to get what they want. I worked hard this camp, I’m in great shape, and I’m confident and I’m sharp,” Stevenson said.
“… I think because Jamel has got a story and he’s going to play the super nice guy, the good guy, and I probably talk a little bit more than him. They want him to win because he’s showing he’s humble and he’s a marine.”