By Xavier Porter | | April 21, 2019

Jamel Herring, the Marine, 2012 USA Olympic Team Member, and title contender is scheduled to face Japan’s Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13 KOs) for the WBO Super Featherweight World Championship, on May 25, live on ESPN, at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida.

Herring (19-2, 10 KOs) fully understands what’s at stake for this fight and what a win can do for his career. In beating Ito (25-1-1, 13 KOs), he will not only have won a world championship, it will make also make him one of the seventh member of the 2012 USA Boxing Team to have won a world championship. The six member on that team who precede him are:

  1. Rau’Shee Warren: former WBA, IBO Bantamweight World Champion
  2. Joseph “Jo-Jo” Jr.: current WBA Featherweight World Champion
  3. Jose Ramirez: current WBC Super Lightweight World Champion
  4. Errol Spence Jr: current IBF Welterweight World Champion
  5. Claressa Shields: Undisputed Middleweight World Champion and three-division world champion
  6. Marcus Browne: WBA Interim Light Heavyweight Champion

Ito is no small task. In his last two fights, he’s defeated two undefeated fighters, which includes Christopher Diaz, whom he defeated for the vacant title and in his first defense, he defeated former unbeaten Evgeny Chuprakov of Russia (20-1, 10 KOs) by way of TKO.

In fighting Ito, Herring shared:

“It’s going to be a tough task. I’ve always been considered the underdog. Even when I fought in the Olympics. I had to earn my spot on the team. It wasn’t given to me. I enjoy being the underdog. I appreciate it. I rather be the underdog than to be overrated any day.”

Herring is a tall southpaw who has been training with current WBO Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford for several years. In fact, after leaving Premier Boxing Champions and joining Top Rank, this will be his first shot at a world title.

With two losses on his record, most promoters would have written him off. With a change in trainer from Cincinnati’s Mike Stafford to Omaha’s Brian McIntyre, Herring boxing skills have improved and he’s won his last three fights, one of which by TKO stoppage in Madison Square Garden.

Herring is also a threat to any fighter in an around his division, which includes current world champions Gervonta Davis, Tevin Farmer, and Vasiliy Lomachenko.

“Listen, this is boxing. It’s a business, it’s my job. I know what I signed up. Right now, this is my time. This is my time to do what I need to do.”

Listen to the full interview Herring and be sure to watch his title fight on May 25, on ESPN.

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