Let’s have a look at the current Jamel Herring vs Shakur Stevenson betting picks.
Predictions for Jamel Herring vs. Shakur Stevenson
On October 23, Top Rank presents a matchup between current WBO junior lightweight champion Jamel Herring and former featherweight titleholder Shakur Stevenson. The fight takes place at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
“Semper Fi” Herring (23-2) won his title in 2019 and has defended his belt three times. His most recent win came in April when he scored a sixth-round TKO victory over Carl Frampton in Dubai. Frampton retired after the loss. The champ is on a seven-fight winning streak.
Stevenson. who is a 2016 Olympic Silver medal winner in boxing, is coming off a June decision victory over Jeremiah Nakathila. The challenger to Herring’s throne claimed the WBO interim junior lightweight title in that contest. Stevenson is 16-0 in his professional career.
Let’s have a look at the Jamel Herring vs. Shakur Stevenson betting picks.
The Veteran Champ
The soon-to-be 36-year-old Herring has been fighting professionally since 2012. With Stevenson being looked at as a superstar on the rise, a win over the up-and-comer will be the biggest triumph of Herring’s career.
Herring is likely to be the aggressor in this scrap and he’ll try to use his size to pressure his younger and more inexperienced foe. If he can use style to put Stevenson in uncomfortable and unfamiliar positions, Herring has a chance to pull off an upset.
The Rising Star
Stevenson, who is 24, turned pro in 2017. He was busy early in his career, racking up 13 pro fights between 2017 and 2019. The Olympian slowed his pace in 2020, only fighting twice. The Herring matchup is his second contest of 2021. For Stevenson, this contest is being looked at as another step toward superstardom.
Stevenson is a defence fist fighter and Herring’s aggressive approach should play right into the challenger’s wheelhouse.
The Breakdown and Pick
Herring has the edge in experience, size and offence, but Stevenson is faster, has better defence and can counter with ease. There’s a lot to like about the matchmaking in this bout. This matchup is likely to come down to the ability of Herring to make contact and get out of the way of the younger fighter when he returns fire. That might work in the early rounds, but Herring will slow over time and that’s when Stevenson will pull ahead.
Stevenson should win this one, but with the boxing odds being what they are, this is a somewhat risky line to bet on a straight win. A prop bet on the over/under of rounds or method of victory might make more sense when picking the favoured Stevenson.