Herring beats Roach to retain WBO 130lb title

WBO junior lightweight champion Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring (21-2, 10 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision to retain his world title against previously unbeaten Lamont Roach Jr. (19-1-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at Chukchansi Park in Fresno, California.

Jamel Herring Vs Lamont Roach Jr Action8
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Seemingly close fight through ten rounds. Roach rocked Herring with a right hand at the end of round eleven. Roach pressed the action again in the final round, but it was too little, too late. Scores were 115-113, 117-111, 117-111 for Herring.

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  • Herring got rocked in the 11th round and all but went down from a shot to his left temple. He was really lucky he was hurt just a few seconds before the bell rang.He won a clear decision, but had too many lulls during the middle rounds when he should have been using his jab more consistently.

    Roach had a hard time getting inside but had his moments during the fight. A great victory for Herring, but he needs to be focused for the entire fight.

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