Jamel Herring is gearing up for the biggest fight of his career thus far. Later this month, the American will trade blows with Belfast’s Carl Frampton in London and Herring’s WBO super featherweight title will be on the line, something the challenger has his sights firmly locked on as he hopes to become the first boxer from the island of Ireland to hold a world title at three different weight classes.
The Northern Irishman is the heavy favourite in the latest Frampton odds, but Herring can’t be ruled out that easily. So, let’s take a look at the WBO champion’s last five bouts to get a better sense of what ‘The Jackal’ is going to be up against come fight night on February 27th.
Jonathan Oquendo – Win via DQ
Herring went toe-to-toe with Jonathan Oquendo at the MGM Grand Conference Centre in Las Vegas last summer. It wasn’t the prettiest of fights. Oquendo led with his head from the off, making life difficult for Herring. However, the former US marine looked to have gained control when an uppercut sent his challenger to the canvas, but Oquendo persevered. An intentional headbutt in the fifth round left Herring badly cut close to his eye, but the fight continued to the eighth when the doctor ordered the bout to stop. It was deemed that the fight had to stop due to the earlier headbutt, so Herring was given the victory via disqualification for Oquendo.
Lamont Roach Jr – Win via decision (unanimous)
A bout with Lamont Roach Jr at Chukchansi Park in California was Herring’s first defense of his WBO super featherweight title. The Veterans Day weekend fight almost didn’t go to plan for Herring as Roach had him rocked in the 11th round. Luckily for the 35-year-old, however, his challenger couldn’t finish the job and he retained his title on the scorecards (117-111, 117-111, 115-113). “This is for you all. I couldn’t come lose it on our weekend,” Herring told the almost 7,500-strong crowd afterwards.
Masayuki Ito – Win via decision (unanimous)
Whilst Herring’s first successful defense of his title was on Veterans Day weekend, he sensationally stripped Masayku Ito of the WBO belt six months prior on Memorial Day weekend. The American was fancied by few to take Ito’s title in the Osceola Heritage Park, Florida-based bout. However, he boxed smart, keeping the Japanese fighter at arm’s length for much of the fight and upset the odds on the scorecards, winning 116-112, 118-110 and 118-110.
Adeilson Dos Santos – Win via decision (unanimous)
Herring went toe-to-toe with Brazilian Adeilson Dos Santos at the American Bank Center in Texas in December 2018. Despite coming out of the blocks fast, knocking his opponent to the canvas twice inside the first two rounds, Herring was unable to force a stoppage in the eight-round encounter, and the bout once again went to the scorecards, where the American was marked the 80-70 victor on all three cards.
John Vincent Moralde – Win via decision (unanimous)
In September 2018, Herring beat John Vincent Moralde at the Save Mart Arena, California to win the vacant IBF-USBA junior lightweight title. The American was once again unable to stop the Filipino inside the 10 rounds, so in typical Herring fashion, it went to the scorecards, where he won 100-90 across all three cards.