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Jamel Herring Invites Disenchanted Fighters To Follow His Lead

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Looks like Jamel Herring, who reps the Marines and grew up on Long Island, is feeling very safe and secure and appreciated under his new promotional umbrella.

The Coram-bred boxer is so looking forward to fighting in NY, in front of ample family and pals, and he is apparently on a high as he counts down to his May 12 tango at MSG, underneath the Vasyl Lomachenko vs Jorge Linares main event.

The 16-2 boxer, now trained by Brian McIntyre, is working with and for Top Rank. He’d been under the PBC/Al Haymon umbrella, but seems to be feeling reborn. And he wants to spread the news, and let fighters who maybe ain’t feeling the love elsewhere that there’s more green grass under the LV tent.

I asked the 32 year old Herring about this post…can he tell us where this comes from? Who’s this referring to?

“I’m just having fun BUT I’m definitely hearing about fighters being frustrated with their promoters, especially in the Mayweather camp, and I’m not just talking about Tank Davis either. It’s crazy out there!”

So, is it just that you feel TR has treated you different, and so much better? “The business is ruthless for sure, every major promoter has face some scrutiny at one point or another but I just feel at peace where I’m at right now, especially with my new team in my corner. I’m just back to enjoying what I love, and in terms of Top Rank it feels good to know when you’ll enter a ring again ahead of time without guessing or worrying if you’ve been forgotten.”

On May 12, Herring meets 30-15 JP Sanchez (age 30), a Mexican who has lost won one of his last five bouts. Looks like a stay busy fight, then? “I wouldn’t say any fight is easy, especially when you’re someone like me who felt their back was against the wall not too long ago, but I feel great and highly confident going in,” Herring said. “Though he’s a bit younger than me, I’d say he’s a durable journeyman who’s been around quite some time now. We’re mainly looking at this fight as a measuring stick overall because we’ve seen he’s been in there with some good talent as of late though.”

He’s thinking he’s going to drop down to 130, but incrementally, so, “This fight will take place at 133. Me being a fighter I wanted to push myself to super featherweight, but my team and promoter want me to take my time to adjust. So far I’m ahead of schedule and I feel great.”

So great, he’s thinking some other guys should maybe see if that grass is greener under the tent of the Bobfather.

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Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.

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