On Saturday night in Atlanta, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Shakur Stevenson (17-0, 9 KOs) passed the biggest test of his career with flying colors on Saturday night, stopping Jamel Herring (23-3, 11 KOs) in the 10th round to become the new WBO junior lightweight (130 lbs) champion. It’s the second world title of Stevenson’s career, but the previous one was for a vacant belt at 126 lbs so this is the first instance of him dethroning a champ.
Stevenson’s fast hands, sharp combinations, and all-around boxing skill proved too much for a determined but overmatched Herring. Only one judge gave Herring a round, and while Jamel’s best moments came when the fight was on the inside, Shakur proved more than formidable there too.
The stoppage was a bit of a mercy one, as Stevenson wasn’t exactly just bombarding Herring with punches, but Jamel was slowing down and his cut was getting worse so the referee intervened in the 10th.
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This was certainly a high-point for Shakur with extra praise for getting a stoppage after going the distance with vastly inferior opponents in his previous two outings.
Stevenson has his eyes on a unification with WBC champion Oscar Valdez (30-0, 23 KOs), who was more than fortunate to retain his title over Robson Conceicao last month. Both fighters are signed with Top Rank Boxing and it feels like a fight that is worth making.