By Xavier Porter | May 4, 2018 | Brooklyn, N.Y.
While most fighters hope and pray to fight at Madison Square Garden (the Mecca of Sports Entertainment), Long Island native Jamel Herring is finally getting his chance to fight in front of his hometown friends and family.
After beginning his professional career under the Premier Boxing Champions banner, Herring has recently changed his promotion team and is now a member of the Top Rank Boxing. His next fight is scheduled to take place on May 12, on the undercard of the championship bout between current WBA Lightweight Champion Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) vs current WBO Super-Featherweight Champion Vasyl lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs).
In speaking Herring, he shared his reasoning and decision for signing a new promotional contract with Top Rank Boxing.
“After my last fight, I wanted to see where Premier Boxing Champions was headed, as it relates to my contract expiring and the direction I wanted to take my career in. I waited for my contract to expire to speak with any other promotion company.”
“I spoke with Golden Boy Promotions and Main Events. Everyone was open to working with me but they wanted to see which decision I was going to make first. I decided to sign with Top Rank Boxing. My team spoke with their team and we were able to put together the contract. Working with Top Rank Boxing allows me to market myself more to the world.”
“The focus will be on how to promote me the best way. I am from New York, I’m a Marine, and I have a huge fan base. Working with Top Rank Boxing I will more fights and fight on the ESPN platform that they’ve created. I’m glad that I signed with Top Rank Boxing and I’m very thankful to have been with Al Haymon. He did a lot for me and my career.”
After completing his service in the United States Marines Corp, Herring made his home in Cincinnati, where he continued honing his boxing skills under the tutelage of two-time U.S. National Coach of the year Mike Stafford. Working in camps with Stafford, the former Olympian has trained alongside current IBF Lightweight Champion Robert Easter, Jr. and four-division world champion Adrien Broner (both of Cincinnati), while building his own professional record to (16-2, 9 KOs).
At 5’10 and a southpaw, Herring has fought his entire professional career at 140lb. For his next fight, he has switched the location of where his training camps previously took place, while also switching trainers, and dropping down in weight.
“I started my career with Mike Stafford,” Herring said.
“It was hard to leave him, but I feel that he has taken me as far as he could take me. I felt that it was time to move on. At the same time, I wasn’t getting the attention that I needed. When you progress in your career, your fights get harder and I felt that I needed someone more in tune with my career. I decided to work with Brian ‘BoMac’ McIntyre going forward in my career.”
“I had worked with Terrance Crawford (former Undisputed Super Lightweight Champion) to help him prepare for his unification fight against Julius Indongo. ‘BoMac’ was impressed with me and we developed a good relationship since then. I took my training camp to Omaha and Colorado Springs with the team and I’ve decided to fight at 130lb.”
Previously scheduled to fight on the undercard of the WBO championship fight between current champion Australia’s Jeff Horn vs his stablemate’s first championship bout at 147lb (Crawford), Herring has decided to fulfill a life-long dream and take the opportunity to fight Madison Square Garden.
“The decision to fight for the first time at Madison Square Garden was a no brainer. With this platform, I will be able to have more opportunities to fight in my hometown. I’m looking forward to this fight. Now I have the platform. I will be ready and show up. I’m going into next week not only fully prepared, but anxious to hear that first bell. I’m looking forward to what the future holds.”
“I am fighting Juan Pablo Sanchez (30-15, 14 KOs) of Huimanguillo, Tabasco, Mexico. I’ve signed my fight contract and my opponent is set in place. All I need to do is finish up my training camp strong and go to work.”
“To all my Long Island natives and fellow veterans, there’s still time to purchase your tickets for my homecoming. Thank you for everyone, for all my supporters, friends, and family. Thank you for your patience.”
“I’ve been inducted into the Montford Point Marines Museum. For those who don’t know, Montford Point Marines (Chapter 10) is where they trained the First African-American Marines during segregation from 1942 to 1949. I just hope they have more room because I have more to achieve. May 12, at Madison Square Garden, I’m coming home. #SEMPERFI”
In a battle of two of the world’s pound-for-pound best, JORGE “El Niño de Oro” LINARES will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) and Ring Magazine Lightweight titles against VASILIY “Hi-Tech” LOMACHENKO on Saturday, May 12, at “The World’s Most Famous Arena”, Madison Square Garden. Linares vs. Lomachenko will be televised live and exclusively at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and stream live on the ESPN App at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Golden Boy Promotions, Teiken Promotions, and Madison Square Garden, tickets remain on sale, priced at $506, $406, $306, $206, $106, and $56, including facility fees, tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at ticketmaster.com and MSG.com.
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