Jamel Herring hoped to neutralize 135-pound rival Denis Shafikov with his boxing ability and five-inch height advantage Saturday night. Shafikov dashed those hopes swiftly and decisively.
Jamel Herring has watched video of Denis Shafikov’s two losses, both of which came against taller, rangier opponents whose dimensions are similar to his own.
Robert Easter Jr. and former champion Adrien Broner did it before scoring knockouts on the same April 1 card. It also worked for Rau’shee Warren in advance of his 118-pound title-winning victory earlier this month.
Like most fighters, Jamel Herring eased into his career by facing opponents with limited professional experience. Over his last few bouts, though, the 2012 U.S. Olympian has stepped up the competition as he has moved into boxing's fast lane, and now he’s about to push the pedal to the metal.