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.




2012 U.S Olympian Jamel Herring Looks to Make Statement Headlining FS1 Card Feb. 9


BETHLEHEM, PA. (February 5, 2016) – 2012 U.S Olympian and undefeated lightweight Jamel Herring is very much looking forward to his fight this Tuesday night against Luis Eduardo Flores.

The bout takes place on an exciting night of boxing that will be part of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, February 9 from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Televised coverage begins at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT 

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King’s Promotions, are priced at $100, $75 and $45, not including applicable service charges and taxes and are on sale now. Tickets are available at To charge by phone call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

Herring of Cincinnati, Ohio has a perfect mark of 14-0 with eight knockouts knows that a big effort will begin to put him on the radar in the 135-pound division.

“Camp is going great.  I am on weight five days before the fight, so I am just maintaining now,” said Herring, who trained mostly in his hometown of Cincinnati but finished at the Headbangers Gym in Washington, D.C.

Herring has done some homework on his opponent and has some good things to say about his foe,

“Flores is a tall and rangy and has some knockouts.  I am going to play it straight, maybe feel him out for a few rounds and work my gameplan.  This is a good step for me,”

This will be the best exposure for Herring, who will look to shine on the national stage.

“This is my first PBC card and to headline it is a great honor.  In the same sense, I look at the fight as just another fight and I am very focused for the task at hand.”

Because he had a terrific amateur pedigree, Herring believes that with a strong performance, he is not that far away from getting himself in the mix for big fights in the lightweight division.

“I am looking for the fights against the top-fifteen guys.  I am have the ability, the pedigree to compete with all of those contenders.  First things first, I have to win on Tuesday and I want everyone to tune in to this great night of fights.”  

Michael Perez To Face Miguel Zuniga on Sept. 30

BROOKLYN (September 23, 2013) -With Carlos Molina forced to withdraw from his Monday, September 30 bout against Michael “The Artist” Perez due to flu-like symptoms, tough Mexican prospect Miguel “Dinamita” Zuniga will step up to face “The Artist” in a 10-round fight for the vacant WBA Fedelatin Super Lightweight Title at the Cushman & Wakefield Theater at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY in the Golden Boy Live! co-featured event on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes.

In the main event, Brooklyn’s undefeated welterweight and 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam “World Kid” Ali takes on “Smokin” Jay Krupp in an eight-round matchup.

Plus, 2012 U.S. Olympian “Sir” Marcus Browne of Staten Island, fellow Olympic team member Jamel Herring of Coram, NY, The Bronx’s Emmanuel Gonzalez, Brooklyn’s Claude Staten Jr. and Maryland’s D’Mitrius Ballard will all be in action to help Barclays Center celebrate its one-year anniversary.

Newark’s Michael “The Artist” Perez (18-1-2, 10 KO’s) is unbeaten in five of his last six bouts with the only loss to recently crowned World Champion Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr. and a technical draw with Lonnie Smith due to a cut from a clash of heads. Unbeaten in New York, Perez hopes to keep the streak going on September 30.

A native of Tijuana now fighting out of San Diego, 26-year-old Miguel “Dinamita” Zuniga (13-2, 8 KO’s) has won four of his last five bouts, with his only loss in that stretch coming against unbeaten hot prospect Daquan Arnett. Zuniga has the opportunity to make a name for himself by defeating Perez, his highly respected foe, on national television.

Unbeaten as a professional, Staten Island’s “Sir” Marcus Browne (6-0, 6 KO’s) has made a seamless adjustment from the amateurs to the pros. Fresh from a knockout victory over Robert Hill on the first Golden Boy Live! card on August 19, the 22-year-old will take on Lamont Williams in his fourth appearance at Barclays Center in a six round televised light heavyweight fight.

Gardena, California’s Lamont Williams (5-1-1, 2 KO’s) has rebounded from a 1-1 start to his career to go unbeaten in his next five bouts, leading him to the biggest fight of his career against Browne. To win, the 33-year-old will have to be firing on all cylinders, but with high risk always comes a high reward as he looks to upset the hometown fan favorite.

In a featherweight swing bout scheduled for four or six rounds, The Bronx’ Emmanuel Gonzalez (12-0, 7 KO’s) is back in action, looking to follow up his Golden Boy Live! debut win over Michael Doyle in August with a victory over fellow unbeaten Noel Echevarria (11-0, 6 KO’s) of Guayama, Puerto Rico.

Rounding out the card will be Brooklyn’s Claude Staten Jr. (1-0) who will return to Barclays Center to face Philadelphia’s Derrick Bivins (1-1-1) in a four-round super bantamweight bout, highly-regarded super middleweight D’Mitrius Ballard (2-0, 2 KO’s) of Temple Hills, Maryland battles Lynchburg, Virginia’s Jess Noriega (2-5, 2 KO’s) in a four-round contest and in the six-round super lightweight opener, 2012 U.S. Olympian Jamel Herring (4-0, 2 KO’s) of Coram, NY hopes to keep his unbeaten streak going against Springfield, Illinois’ Justin Robbins (2-3, 1 KO).

Ali vs. Krupp is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and O’Reilly Auto Parts. Barclays Center doors open at 7:00 p.m. ET with the first bell sounding at 7:45 p.m. ET. The FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes broadcast airs live at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.