Herring-Stevenson Final Press Conference

Herring Shakur Presser
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They started as acquaintances, but once Jamel Herring acquired the belt Shakur Stevenson wanted, the friendly vibes went out the window. Herring will defend his WBO junior lightweight world title against former featherweight champion Stevenson on Saturday night from State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

When Herring and Stevenson had their final faceoff, the fighters and their teams exchanged verbal barbs, with Stevenson grabbing Herring’s belt on multiple occasions. They were separated and will resume the jawing at Friday’s weigh-in.

Jamel Herring: “It’s not personal, it’s just business. We’re building a fight is all it means to me. I’ve heard worse and been through worse.”

Shakur Stevenson: “It’s definitely not personal, just business at the end of the day. He’s not my friend…I don’t talk to Jamel Herring outside of boxing.”

Jamel Herring

“The odds just play to my story. I’ve always been an underdog, not just in boxing but in life, so I don’t get into the oddsmaker thing. It doesn’t bother me at all.”

“It’s not personal, it’s just business. We’re building a fight is all it means to me. I’ve heard worse and been through worse. We’re just two top competitors in the division trying to prove who is the best.”

“It just feels like another elite level fight in a loaded and talented division, so we just take it one fight at a time. We put all personal feelings to the side and just go to work and do what we have to do.”

“Atlanta is cool. I have family out here. My sons live out here as well. It’s another home and it’s an honor just to be fighting in the State Farm Arena because there’s not a lot of fights coming into town, so whenever you can bring a special fight to a certain city, it’s always a great thing.”

Shakur Stevenson

“It means everything to me. This is my first time being able to go against a champion and being able to take a champion’s belt will mean a lot to me…. and I can’t wait to hear them say, “AND THE NEW!'”

“It’s definitely not personal, just business at the end of the day. He’s not my friend. I don’t hit him up and say, ‘let’s fight.'” We don’t have any conversations. I don’t talk to Jamel Herring outside of boxing.”

“It’s going to feel real good beating the whole team. I can’t wait to go against {Herring trainers Brian McIntyre and Red Spikes}. It’s not just Jamel that I’m fighting. I’ve got to beat Bomac and Red, and it’ll feel good doing that.”

“You’re going to see a special night, my coming out party. It’s going to be a great night, and he said he’s going to spoil the party, so let’s see if he can do it.”

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  • 2 great friends pretending to be enemies. Just be honest, gentlemen. Yes, I will watch this crap, but, it better be a good fight.

    I don’t like to be lied to. I have no respect for that shit.

    Speaketh … FJB.
    Fredrick J. Brandon III.

    • It will be a terrible fight. The only drama will be if Shakur wins all 12 rounds or not

    • I feel liked you’ve been lied to a lot by other men, FJB. You Speaketh the truth, just ask them to be sorry when they finish with you.

  • I only ask my good standing U.S. Marine (Herring) to perform the following (win, lose or draw):

    1) Maximum effort;

    2) Never look for an easy way out;

    3) Maintain good sportsmanship while competing in a fierce manner; and

    4) After the fight, maintain your good standing as a man with honor and positive pride.

    I am sure Herring will not have any issues with the above performances.

    • E-Man, awesome perspective. I wish the same, as well as the health of both combatants. That said, I hope Herring knocks this guy into next week.

  • Stevenson is just responding to the criticism of being “boring” so he’s trying to add some spice. He better do that in the ring as well.

    • Whoever say Stevenson is boring don’t know
      jack about boxing. Technical fighters like
      Shakur tend to get that label. I will take a
      good technical fighter over a puncher any day. Mayweather, Andre Ward comes to mind. Tyson Fury and Bud Crawford are very
      good technical fighters also. On November 6
      I looking forward to see if Caleb Plant
      can join them. He is being underestimated.

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