Jamel Herring Admits Having a Major Flaw in His Boxing Game

Published 03/29/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
KISSIMMEE, FL – MAY 25: Jamel Herring celebrates his victory over du Masayuki Ito during the WBO World Title fight at Osceola Heritage Park on May 25, 2019 in Kissimmee, Florida. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)


WBO super featherweight champion Jamel Herring has appeared perfect in his past six fights, touting himself as a major threat to the entire 130 lbs division. However, he also admitted to having a flaw in his game, prior to his defense against Carl Frampton on April 3.

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Herring (22-2) and Frampton (28-2) have previewed their upcoming fight in conversation with Crystina Poncher, and the latter has claimed that Herring will slow down in the middle rounds. While Frampton appeared eager to capitalize on the momentum, Herring opened up on the issue and reflected on his stance.

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“I kinda agree with the middle rounds,” said Jamel Herring.

However, that doesn’t crumble ‘Semper Fi’. Jamel Herring appears to have faith in his game plan and revealed that his team is already aware of the issue.

He continued, “You know sometimes you get a little too relaxed at times and I think that’s my issue and maybe I do kind of like cruise it, but that’s one thing I love about my team. We all implement a game plan and trust me, it’s fine when he (Frampton) brought that up. We already thought of those things.”

Jamel Herring reflects on his last two fights

Both Herring and Frampton are aware of what they will face in their nearing bout. However, Herring might have more in his arsenal than what Frampton is aware of. The champion has pointed out at his last two fights, citing how different his game plan has been.

CINCINNATI, OHIO – OCTOBER 3: Jamel Herring takes a swing at Yakubu Amidu during a fight at U.S. Bank Arena on October 3, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Reflecting on his first title defense, Herring said, “You know the fight with (Lamont) Roach, it was more of a cat and mouse, kind of like because he was so defensive. So, I had to you know watch my output a bit because he was always trying to counter everything.”

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After that, he also recalled his last fight against Jonathan Oquendo and shed his opinion on his next appearance.

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“In the Oquendo fight, it was kind of more of a fast pace because he just kept coming. It’s all still all the ingredients for a good fight and I look forward to it,” said Herring.

As the talks are over now, both the boxers will face each other at the Rotunda in Dubai. With the WBO title at stake, fans can expect an intense clash between them.

Do you think Jamel Herring can defend his title against Carl Frampton?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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