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),[1] fifth by The Ring[2] and eighth by BoxRec.[3]

Jamel Herring
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Real nameJamel William Herring
Nickname(s)Semper Fi
Weight(s)Super featherweight
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Reach70 in (178 cm)
Born (1985-10-30) October 30, 1985 (age 34)
Rockville Centre, New York, U.S.
Boxing record
Total fights23
Wins by KO10

Personal lifeEdit

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.

Amateur careerEdit

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.[4] 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.

Professional careerEdit

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.[5]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
22 fights 20 wins 2 losses
By knockout 10 1
By decision 10 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
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.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "RANKINGS | Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  2. ^ "Ratings". The Ring. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  3. ^ "BoxRec: Ratings". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  4. ^ "Olympics: Breazale, Hunter qualify for U.S." The Ring. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  5. ^ "Herring Achieves Dream, Shocks Masayuki Ito For WBO Title". Boxingscene. Retrieved 2019-05-26.

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Sporting positions
Amateur boxing titles
Semajay Thomas
U.S. light welterweight champion
Joey Alday
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
José Pedraza
IBF-USBA featherweight champion
September 14, 2018 – 2019
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Masayuki Ito
WBO Super featherweight champion
May 25, 2019 – present