STAR PREVIEW Sat: Shakur Stevenson v Jamel Herring

WBO super featherweight champion Jamel ‘Semper Fi’ Herring will make the fourth defence of his world title this weekend against rising star Shakur Stevenson. These two fighters know each other well and share mutual friends but that hasn’t stopped tempers flaring in the build-up and by time the first bell goes, there will be no love lost between these two competitors.

The champion has been called a credit to the sport of boxing and he has handled himself impeccably throughout his career. As a former US Marine, Herring served his country in Iraq and balanced a glittering amateur career at the same time. He reached the pinnacle as an amateur and represented the USA in the 2012 Olympic Games before turning professional shortly after.

With a record of 23-2 (11KO), ‘Semper Fi’ has not had things all his own way as a professional and picked up losses in 2016 and 2017, one by tenth round stoppage to Denis Shafikov. However, Herring refused to give up and was crowned WBO super featherweight champion in 2019 with a win over the Masayuki Ito and has since improved with every fight.

The champion enters this fight as a huge underdog but his last performance against Carl Frampton was arguably the best of his career. At 35, you can understand why people think his best days are behind him but a six-round demolition o

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