Will Jamel Herring Hang Up His Gloves After Losing WBO Title?
Jamel Herring (23-3, 11 KO) has been humble in his defeat to 11-year younger challenger Shakur Stevenson.
Herring, 35, lost his WBO junior lightweight championship status on the night, but he did not take long to appreciate how good Stevenson was against him.
“He was just the better man tonight,” the former junior lightweight titlist said on air Saturday. “I feel good knowing I put up a good fight with one of the best up-and-coming fighters. I had a great camp so there are no complaints or excuses to be made from me.”
Herring hasn’t quite made up his mind for his future, but he hasn’t yet ruled out changing the division or retiring from the sport.
In the post-fight interview, he had mentioned the possibility of closing the book on fighting to enjoy more time with his children.
It’s good to be home and THIS child hasn’t allowed me out of her sight, since i walked through the door. pic.twitter.com/nPF8WBl9dG
— Jamel Herring (@JamelHerring) October 25, 2021
Herring’s children are 17, 14, 11, eight and four years old.
“Kamren, age 17, is a senior and has been accepted to three colleges so far,” Herring said.
The former champ is also an Olympian, who switched to pro boxing after serving in the Marines.
“Overall, I feel good just being home with family,” the former champ added. “I know it’s been only a day but people are also asking what’s next. A part of me would be fine with just walking away but another side of me says just move up to lightweight and see what happens from there.”