Shakur Stevenson dominates Jamel Herring for title
When he’s on, which is most nights, skill exudes out of every pore of Shakur Stevenson’s body. The 2016 Olympic silver medalist is the type of quickly, thoughtful and hard fighter who might ultimately end up being the leading pound-for-pound fighter in boxing.
He combated that method Saturday in a one-sided success over Jamel Herring, controling the Marine and swiping his WBO junior light-weight title with a 10th-round TKO blockage at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
Stevenson was too quickly, too strong and too wise for Herring, who, attempt as he might, might never ever truly install an attack. Stevenson beat him in every element and won it in the 10th when he was strolling Herring down and landing tidy, undefended left hands to the head. Referee Mark Nelson lastly saw enough at 1:30 of the 10th, offering Stevenson his 17th win without a loss and his 2nd title in as lots of weight classes.
“He’s going to take over and continue to be great,” the beat Herring stated. “Shakur is going to do great things.”
He did a lot of terrific things on Saturday. He took the center of the ring in the opening seconds and never ever offered it up. He was ripping Herring with a difficult jab, an effective right hook and a lot of directly right-hand men. Stevenson boxed wonderfully and was hardly ever in threat.
The rounds had a spooky resemblance, as Stevenson never ever lost focus and Herring wasn’t fast sufficient or strong enough to require him to alter his pattern.
Stevenson thanked ESPN ringside expert Timothy Bradley after the bout for encouraging him to raise his video game. Bradley slammed Stevenson’s efficiency in a June 12 win over Jeremia Nakathila and it captured Stevenson’s attention.
“I want to thank Tim Bradley,” Stevenson stated. “Tim Bradley was criticizing me, calling me boring. So I wanted a fun fight and I wanted to perform. I wanted to show my skill, my boxing skill, my defense and my power. I thought I showed everything tonight.”
Stevenson’s efficiency was similar to the famous Floyd Mayweather’s very first title-winning effort over Genaro Hernandez at the very same weight class 23 years earlier, in 1998. Mayweather raised his video game substantially and stopped Hernandez in 8 one-sided rounds.
Stevenson did much of the very same and never ever let Herring get on track. Herring fitness instructor Brian McIntyre, who worked with Stevenson in the past, was amazed.
“He’s younger and was faster and Shakur was sharp,” McIntyre stated.
Stevenson called out WBC champ Oscar Valdez for a unification battle. It would be an enjoyable bout, however if Stevenson battles like he did on Saturday, not just are couple of going to have the ability to beat him, couple of are going to have the ability to even be competitive with him.
He hasn’t constantly been on, however he was on Saturday and revealed the appearance of a future super star.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.