Shakur Stevenson is Adamant that Jamel Herring Would Be No Match For Him
At the Virgins Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, Shakur Stevenson (16-0, 8 KOs) easily defeated Jeremiah Nakathila (21-2, 17 KOs) by unanimous decision to capture the vacant WBO World ‘Interim’ Super Featherweight title. While the 23-year-old from Newark, New Jersey won every round, it was not the spectacular performance many were anticipating. There were large segments where the action became monotonous. You got the impression Stevenson could have stepped on the gas and done more. However, at times he was too passive and safe.
During the post-fight press conference, the victor acknowledged he was not happy with his performance. Nakathila was tall, long, and awkward. Stevenson said his style threw him off but promised he would be better in his next fight.
As the mandatory challenger by the WBO at super featherweight, Stevenson’s next fight will most likely be against the current WBO 130 pound world titlist, Jamel Herring. When asked about a match against Herring, Stevenson was emphatic about how it would go.
“He can’t beat me, and I stand on that. None of those fighters at 130 can beat me, and I stand on that.
It would look like a massacre. I’ve been in there with Jamel. He is not as good as I am. We’ve seen him lose rounds. You have yet to see me lose rounds in fights.
I control these fights. I feel like I’m the best defensive fighter in boxing, and Jamel can’t do anything with me.”
The two have had their run-ins both on social media and in person. Herring was ringside for Stevenson v Nakathila. While congratulating his rival for the win, the fighting marine warned Stevenson that he better bring it in a fight against him.
All roads are leading to a Herring v Stevenson showdown this fall. Fans are hoping a fight between them in the ring is just as lively as their back and forth trash talk.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.