Jamel William Herring (born October 30, 1985), nicknamed "Semper Fi", is an American professional boxer. He Has held the WBO junior lightweight title since May 2019. As of November 2019, he is ranked as the world’s third best active junior lightweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB), fifth by The Ring and eighth by BoxRec.
|Real name||Jamel William Herring|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
|Born||October 30, 1985|
Rockville Centre, New York, U.S.
|Wins by KO||10|
Jamel Herring was born in Rockville Centre, New York to Michael Mitchell and Jeanine Herring. His mother remarried to Harry Elliby. He was raised in Coram, New York in its Gordon Heights neighborhood. While a sophomore at Longwood High School, Jamel began boxing in 2001 when his soon to become trainer Austin Hendrickson invited him to the boxing gym for workouts. Herring enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in October 2003 at Parris Island, South Carolina. He has served two tours of duty in Iraq and was based in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where he earned the rank of Sergeant. Jamel has six children: Kamren Herring (2004), Stephen Herring (2007), Ariyanah Herring (2009), Jamel Herring Jr. (2010), Jazmyne Herring (2013), and Justice Herring (2017). His daughter Ariyanah died July 27, 2009, from SIDS. The opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games was the 3rd anniversary of her death. Jamel married his childhood friend Jennifer Dickerson-Herring on September 26, 2015.
Herring began training in 2001. He faced his first amateur loss to Daniel Jacobs on July 20, 2002 during the New York Junior Olympics Finals.
Herring had to balance training as a boxer with his duties as an active United States Marine. He was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in 2005. After he returned he immediately tried out for the All Marine Corps boxing team in January 2006. While on the team, Herring competed all over the national scene and even fought against former world champion Jesse Vargas at the 2006 National PAL tournament. He was deployed again in 2007 to Al Taqaddum. Shortly after his return, he went back to the All Marine Corps boxing team in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. From early 2008, he would be trained under Ron Simms, Reuben Woodruff, and Narcisco Aleman. Simms would eventually be replaced by former All Army coach and 1996 USA Olympic Assistant coach Jesse Ravelo. Herring won a silver medal at the 2010 World Military Games and took a gold medal at the 2011 and 2012 Armed Forces Championships while a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.
Trained under Ravelo, Woodruff, and Aleman, Jamel would win gold in the 2012 Olympic Trials defeating multiple nationals champions. In the first round of the tournament he defeated Tommy Duquette, the 2nd round Mike Reed, 3rd round semi finals Pedro Sosa, and in the finals he defeated Pedro Sosa again. He would eventually move on to the 2011 AIBA World Championships but lose to China in the first round forcing him to fight for his spot again at the 2012 USA Boxing Nationals.[clarification needed] After winning the Nationals, he went on to compete in the Americas Qualifiers where he would win a bronze medal and earn a slot at the 2012 games. Herring qualified for the 2012 Olympics. Jamel, along with the entire US boxing team, only had two weeks prior to the games to train together as a complete team. He was the only United States Marine to compete at the London Olympics and the first active duty marine to qualify for the US boxing team since 1992.
After returning from the London games, Herring made the tough decision to finish out his service with the United States Marine Corps and become a professional boxer. He relocated from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, to Cincinnati, Ohio to work with Mike Stafford. In May 2019, he became a world champion by beating Japanese boxer Masayuki Ito to win the WBO junior lightweight title.
Professional boxing recordEdit
|Professional record summary|
|22 fights||20 wins||2 losses|
|23||Win||21–2||Lamont Roach||UD||12||Nov 9, 2019||Chukchansi Park, Fresno, California, U.S.||Retained WBO junior lightweight title|
|22||Win||20–2||Masayuki Ito||UD||12||May 25, 2019||Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, Florida, U.S.||Won WBO junior lightweight title|
|21||Win||19–2||Adeilson Dos Santos||UD||8||Dec 14, 2018||American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.|
|20||Win||18–2||John Vincent Moralde||UD||10||Sep 14, 2018||Save Mart Arena, Fresno, California, U.S.||Won vacant IBF-USBA junior lightweight title|
|19||Win||17–2||Juan Pablo Sanchez||TKO||5 (8), 1:28||May 12, 2018||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|18||Loss||16–2||Ladarius Miller||UD||10||Aug 22, 2017||Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, Sunrise Manor, Nevada, U.S.|
|17||Win||16–1||Art Hovhannisyan||RTD||3 (8), 3:00||Feb 10, 2017||Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.|
|16||Loss||15–1||Denis Shafikov||TKO||10 (10), 0:36||Jul 2, 2016||Santander Arena, Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|15||Win||15–0||Luis Eduardo Florez||UD||10||Feb 9, 2016||Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|14||Win||14–0||Yakubu Amidu||UD||10||Oct 3, 2015||U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|13||Win||13–0||Ariel Vasquez||TKO||3 (10), 0:50||Aug 28, 2015||Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C., U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||Hector Velazquez||UD||8||Jun 26, 2015||Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Hector Marengo||UD||8||Mar 6, 2015||MGM Grand Marquee Ballroom, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||Jose Del Valle||KO||2 (8), 1:49||Dec 12, 2014||UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Luis Alberto Pelayo||TKO||2 (6), 1:04||Sep 11, 2014||The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Rogelio Casarez||TKO||2 (8), 2:22||May 2, 2014||Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Antonio Sanchez||SD||6||Jan 25, 2014||D.C. Armory, Washington, D.C., U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Lance Williams||TKO||2 (6), 2:59||Dec 14, 2013||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Justin Robbins||RTD||3 (6), 3:00||Sep 30, 2013||Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Calvin Smith||UD||4||Jun 22, 2013||Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Victor Galindo||TKO||1 (4), 2:01||May 18, 2013||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Carlos Lopez||RTD||3 (4), 3:00||Feb 16, 2013||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Jose M Valderrama||UD||4||Dec 8, 2012||Business Expo Center, Anaheim, California, U.S.|
- "RANKINGS | Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". Retrieved 2019-11-26.
- "Ratings". The Ring. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
- "BoxRec: Ratings". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
- "Olympics: Breazale, Hunter qualify for U.S." The Ring. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
- "Herring Achieves Dream, Shocks Masayuki Ito For WBO Title". Boxingscene. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
|Amateur boxing titles|
| U.S. light welterweight champion
|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byJosé Pedraza
| IBF-USBA featherweight champion
September 14, 2018 – 2019
|World boxing titles|
| WBO Super featherweight champion
May 25, 2019 – present