By News Team
20th October 2021
Former featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson will take on Jamel Herring this Saturday for a chance to become a two-weight world champion.
The young American is widely touted as one of the most exciting prospects in world boxing and a win this weekend would elevate his status further, with exciting match ups looming over the horizon.
He’ll have to overcome the current WBO super-featherweight champion in Jamel Herring, who is unbeaten in his last four title fights at the weight.
We preview all the action in Atlanta and pick out the best odds.
Unbeaten Stevenson riding a wave
Stevenson wrote his name among the long list of boxing’s world champions in winning the featherweight world title in just his 13th fight as a professional, beating Joet Gonzalez in Reno, Nevada for the vacant WBO championship.
Not long after, he had vacated the belt to move up to super-featherweight after an intended showdown with then IBF champion Josh Warrington fell through, and he has since made three appearances at super-featherweight, claiming the WBO interim super-featherweight title in the process.
It’s that title which secured his position as mandatory challenger to face Jamel Herring for the recognised WBO super-featherweight world title, and after just 17 professional outings in the ring, Stevenson has a chance to become two-weight world champion.
Although on paper Stevenson looks an unstoppable force, Herring will be the first recognised champion that he has fought during his career, and it’ll be no walkover for the young fighter.
The former marine is fresh off a breakout win against once two-weight world champion Carl Frampton, putting an end to the unfortunate Northern-Irishman’s career in Dubai earlier this year, and before that had defended his crown against top challengers Lamont Roach Jr. and Jonathan Oquendo.
Both boxers will walk away with a seven-figure payday following the bout.
With that in mind, Stevenson will have the edge over 12 rounds and you can get him to secure the win via Decision or Technical Decision at 8/11, with Herring priced at 12/1 to do so by the same method.
The value would be with a Herring stoppage, given the fact that he has won his last two title fights via that method, and you can get him to do that on Saturday at 9/1.