Shafikov Shines Against Herring



By Seamus McNally

Lightweight prospect Jamel Herring (15-1, 8 KOs) of Cincinnati, Ohio suffered the first defeat of his career at the hands of Russian Denis Shafikov (37-2-1, 20 KOs) at the Sandater Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania in the main of event of a Premier Boxing Champions card televised on ESPN.

Herring was the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team captain and a former Marine who served two tours in Iraq. He was making a huge step up in competition and it showed as he took a hellacious beating in route to a tenth-round technical knockout loss against the two-time world title challenger Shafikov.

Herring, the taller man, did a good job keeping Shafikov on the outside by establishing his jab and controlling range with nice footwork in the opening frame.

In the second round, Shafikov did a better job getting inside on Herring. He slipped the jab and landed strong body blows and short shots over the top to the head of Herring. In the final seconds of the round, Shafikov caught Herring walking straight back with a flush right hook that dropped him.

Shafikov had more success in the third round landing power punches on the inside to the head of Herring. He stunned Herring in the round with a left cross that landed flush on the chin. Shafikov was once again the aggressor in the fourth round and landed the much heavier leather.

In the middle of the fifth round, Shafikov stunned Herring with a flurry upstairs and followed it up with a barrage of punches. Herring survived the onslaught and stayed on his feet. Shafikov continued his aggressive attack in the second half of the fight. He capitalized on Herring’s tendency to keep his hands low. Shafikov landed several hard shots every round that shook Herring.

He opened a cut over Herring’s right eye in the seventh round. He had Herring badly hurt in the ninth round and the end came shortly after. Shafikov landed a huge three punch combination in the opening seconds of the tenth round and the ringside doctor jumped to the ring apron and referee Gary Rosato stopped the beating 36 seconds into the final round.




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