He is not only the most notable current fighting Marine but he is the most vocal of pugilists who have left the Al Haymon sphere and continued to soldier on, happily.
Jamel Herring, the Long Island native, gloves up again on Sept. 14, underneath the Jose Ramirez- Antonio Orozco main event, in Cali.
Top Rank, Herring’s new promotional home, where he feels appreciated and nurtured, is lead promoter for bouts which will screen on ESPN.
There will likely 12 fights on the card. Herring was thinking he’d battle Jayson Velez but that didn’t pan out. Instead, John Vincent Moralde at 130 pounds for the USBA title is the matchup.
Talk to us about Moralde (age 24; Filipino with 20-1 record) I asked Herring.
“Pretty decent opponent. Tough in some areas but I do see flaws,” the 17-2 hitter said. “One being his stamina into the later rounds. He looked pretty good and strong his last fight against Ismail Muwendo in May but his lack of stamina got him mixed in danger at times. The two knock downs were really what determined the fight, and in one of those rounds Muwendo was winning big. I’ve also seen that he had a bit of trouble with Toka Khan, who’s also a southpaw and smaller than me. Overall I can’t dwell too much on his weaknesses, and I’m looking forward to a very game opponent in September, but my motivation level is really high because a win here will lead to bigger things of course.”
Is Herring bummed that he didn’t get at Velez? “I think Velez would’ve been a good matchup based off the fact aside his record he’s the more seasoned, more durable guy between the two. He would’ve been in my face throughout the entire night which would’ve made for a crowd pleasing fight. Overall I just have to focus on the task ahead of me and go from there. Can’t look past Moralde, and I won’t discredit his achievements either. He’s here for a reason.”
My three cents: Good solid eliminator here; I lean toward the 32 year old lefty Herring, with grit being the deciding factor.