Atlanta, GA - For the WBO super featherweight title, Shakur Stevenson (17-0, 9 KOs) became a two-division world champion with a tenth round stoppage of Jamel Herring (23-3, 11 KOs) at the State Farm Arena.
It was a showcase win for Stevenson, who at times was landing at will on Herring.
In ninth, Herring was getting worn down and was dealing a cut that opened up above the right eye.
The referee finally stepped in during the tenth, as Stevenson was unloading with combinations on Herring.
“Around the fifth round, I was landing everything and then he started trying to come on. I smelled blood. I saw he was bleeding and was like, ‘OK, I have to attack the cut. I was trying to touch the cut to make the doctor try and stop it,” Stevenson said.
“I want to be a superstar in the sport. I’m here to last. I take my craft very seriously. I’m disciplined.”
Stevenson is now gunning for a unification with WBC world champion Oscar Valdez.
Both Valdez and Stevenson are promoted by Top Rank.
“There’s only one fight left at the end of the day. It’s the biggest fight at the end of the day. Oscar [Valdez] can’t keep ducking. It’s time for him to fight. There’s nothing else to look forward to. The 130-pound division needs to unify. Let’s get it," Stevenson said.
Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum was ringside in Atlanta and was very impressed with Stevenson's performance.
“A sensational performance from Shakur Stevenson, who showed why so many think he’s the future pound-for-pound king. Jamel Herring displayed the heart of a champion, but he was in there with an incredible fighter tonight,” Arum said.