WBO likely to strip Jamel Herring, who wants Oscar Valdez next

Jamel Herring is 35, much closer to the end of his profession than the start. That, however, doesn’t stop the captain of the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing group from dreaming huge.

They’re the type of dreams that might assist raise the sport he likes.

However those imagine winning several titles, ending up being the male who beat the male and getting rid of a series of extremely related to champs might come at the cost of the world champion he battled, sweated and pitied years to acquire.

Herring kept the WBO incredibly featherweight champion on Saturday in Dubai with a career-defining sixth-round TKO success over Carl Frampton.

He’s located completely for the future, since most of the department’s leading fighters who would be possible challengers for him — such as WBC champ Oscar Valdez, leading competitor Shakur Stevenson and previous light-weight champ Vasiliy Lomachenko — are, like he is, promoted by Leading Rank.

Initially, he needed to surpass Frampton, who was bidding to end up being the very first Irish fighter to win world champions in 3 different weight departments.

“I could understand why people would choose Frampton over me,” Herring informed Yahoo Sports. “He had the experience. He was the hungrier fighter because he was trying to make history, so of course, I knew what I was up against. It’s hard to beat a man who has a big dream. His dream was to do something not only for himself, but his country. I had to somehow topple that in terms of getting the victory.”

It was an exceptional efficiency, made all the much better by the turn-around he had from his last battle, a win by disqualification over Jonathan Oquendo in September. Herring searched the decrease because bout and absolutely nothing like a person who in a couple of brief months would specify a strong case for himself as the very best 130-pounder worldwide.

A Marine whose boxing label is “Semper Fi,” Herring is the type of person not to make reasons. He battled the battle with Oquendo after having it two times held off since he had COVID-19.

In retrospection, Herring confesses that combating on Sept. 5 was an error. There was, he stated, no chance he might be in the condition he required to be in to carry out at a high level quickly after dealing with the coronavirus.

Jamel Herring of the United States, right, lands a blow on Britain's Carl Frampton during their WBO super-featherweight world title fight in Dubai, UAE, early Sunday April 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Jamel Herring of the United States, right, lands a blow on Carl Frampton throughout their WBO super-featherweight world title battle in Dubai early Sunday, April 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

He was healthy and ready for Frampton, however, and it revealed. He won the battle in ravaging style, sending out the affable Frampton into retirement, and now has his eyes on the WBC belt held by Valdez.

That’s since Herring sees Valdez as the lineal champ. It would be a huge battle since it’s a unification bout, and those constantly bring in fan and media interest.

The issue is that Stevenson, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist and the previous featherweight champ, is Herring’s compulsory for the WBO belt. Stevenson is going to battle No. 2 WBO competitor Jeremiah Nakathila on June 12. Prior to the Herring-Frampton battle, the WBO sent out a letter to all celebrations keeping in mind that the Herring-Frampton winner would need to inform it in composing within 1 month of the bout of the intent of combating the Stevenson-Nakathila winner for the title. The letter kept in mind that a failure to do so would lead to the title being left.

He doesn’t wish to quit his belt, however Herring feels the battle with Valdez is substantial enough that it’s worth that if that’s what it boils down to.

“Valdez is the main priority for me,” Herring stated. “I know Shakur is my mandatory, and this is nothing against Shakur, but if you have the opportunity to not only win another world championship but to possibly become the lineal world champion, [then you have to do it]. I believe the Valdez fight would do a lot more for my career. That’s not saying a fight with Shakur isn’t big, but I believe in terms of accolades and credentials right now, Oscar Valdez just has more to offer.”

Stevenson would be a hard battle and he doesn’t have a champion, while Valdez would supply Herring the chance to be a two-belt champ.

Now, if the WBO strips him, he’d need to go in as the opposition and it wouldn’t technically be champ versus champion. 

No matter, however, everybody comprehends what it would imply.

“I want that lineal world title and everyone can’t get that lineal world title,” Herring stated. “That lineal world championship clearly states that you’re No. 1 when you get it. We’re living in an era of boxing where there are so many world titles out there. People always argue about who’s the best in a certain division. But when you have that lineal title on the line and you win it, it cancels out all of that mess. I feel if I have the opportunity to go for it, why not?”

He’s right, obviously. And if more fighters had that mindset, the sport would remain in a better location today.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.