Former champion Shakur Stevenson will look to become a two division world champion when he faces Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring for the WBO super featherweight title.
Stevenson will challenge Herring on Saturday, Oct. 23 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta. The fight will be carried by ESPN.
“2021 has been good to me so far. I started the year with a big fight and a major win over Frampton,” Herring said.
“I look forward to finishing out the year the same way I started it, not only with another huge victory, but as a world champion. I have nothing else to say. I’m focused on October 23 and the fourth title defense of my WBO belt.”
Stevenson (16-0, 8 KOs), an 2016 Olympic silver medal winner and former WBO featherweight world champion, is now riding a three fight win streak at 130-pounds.
Back in June, Stevenson captured the interim-WBO title with a lopsided decision win over Namibia’s Jeremiah Nakathila.
Herring (23-2, 11 KOs), the captain of the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team, has made three defenses of the world title he won via decision over Masayuki Ito in May 2019.
In April, Herring picked up the biggest win of his career when he knocked out former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton in Dubai. The devastating defeat saw Frampton retire in the aftermath.
The unbeaten challenger will aim to do a real number on Herring when they finally step in the ring.
“Jamel had to fight me, or he would’ve been stripped of his world title. I boxed him into a corner, and I am going to take his world title in devastating fashion on October 23. I can’t wait to fight in front of the amazing fans in Atlanta. Trust me, you are going to see a show, and I will become a two-weight world champion,” Stevenson said.