Jamel Herring’s 2015 was productive on a couple of different levels. He fought four times, won four times (maintaining his perfect record in the process) and got in a lot of ring work, going the distance in three of his four outings.
Now Herring (14-0, 8 KOs) is set to pick up in 2016 where he left off last year when he battles Luis Eduardo Flores (21-2, 17 KOs) on February 9 at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The 135-pound showdown headlines a Premier Boxing Champions Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays card on Fox Sports 1 (11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT).
After stopping three of his four opponents in 2014, Jamel Herring needed more time to defeat his four foes last year. He shut out both Hector Marengo and Hector Velazquez in a pair of eight-round decisions in March and June, respectively, then scored a third-round TKO of Ariel Vasquez in August.
That was followed by another lopsided decision, this one a 10-rounder against Yakubu Amidu in October. It was Herring's longest fight since the 30-year-old Marines veteran and 2012 U.S. Olympian turned pro in December 2012.
“I know my opponent is tall and rangy and has a good punch,” Herring said of Flores. “I am preparing myself to make adjustments and be ready for anything. I’m looking to get the win by any means necessary.”
Like Herring, Flores enjoyed a perfect 2015, first gaining a third-round TKO of Francisco Herrera in January, then winning an eight-round unanimous decision over Gustavo Sandoval in April.
Both contests took place in Flores’ native Colombia, where all but one of his 23 pro fights have been staged. The only exception was a first-round knockout of Miguel Berchelt in Mexico in March 2014.
While this will mark Flores’ U.S. debut, Herring—who was born in Cincinnati and now lives in Coram, New York—has fought on American soil his entire career.
"I am 100 percent positive I will win this fight," Flores said. "The only thing I know about Herring is that he likes to run a lot. I am coming to get a knockout and take away Herring's ‘0’.”
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