Jamel Herring defeats Masayuki Ito to win the WBO Junior Lightweight Title
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: May 26, 2019
KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA- Boxing has a way of telling stories. The men and women that step inside the squared circle have often gone through struggles that make boxing look easy by comparison.
For Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring (20-2, 10 KOs) the night of May 25, 2019, will be one he holds dearly as it was the birthday of his late daughter and the night he became a world champion.
Herring faced off against Japan’s Masayuki Ito (25-2-1, 13 KOs) for the WBO Super Featherweight title at the Osceola Heritage Park Events Center in Kissimmee, Florida.
In a night full of knockouts and exciting, action-packed matches, Herring put on a fantastic boxing performance by outboxing Ito over 12 rounds.
Herring, who is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, was able to use his jab with lateral movement to offset most of Ito’s attacks. The right hook was open for Herring the entire night as he landed it with high regularity whenever the Japanese fighter rushed on the inside.
Ito did have many moments throughout the fight, landing right hands and in the later rounds finding a home for a left uppercut on the inside. However, Herring always seemed a step ahead of Ito who could never get past his jab.
With the jab, Herring was able to control the distance in which the fight was fought, allowing him to land first in most exchanges.
After twelve rounds all three judges awarded Herring with the victory. The scores were 116-112 and 118-110 twice.
Herring had a hero’s celebration with many fellow Marines in attendance celebrating his victory with him.
The next fight for Herring could be a unification bout with WBC Super Featherweight champion, Miguel Berchelt who was in attendance to watch the fight live.
The event from top to bottom was a massive success for Top Rank. Almost all the bouts on the card ended via stoppage providing the fans in the building an exciting night of boxing.
Florida is often overlooked as a state in which boxing can be popular. Should Top Rank continue to put on shows like these in Florida, there will be an increase in the number of fans that will support the sport.
(Featured Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank)