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Lightweight prospect Herring ready to headline PBC card

Lightweight prospect Jamel Herring will headline a Premier Boxing Champions card on Tuesday night. Al Bello/Golden Boy/Getty Images

Most of the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxers have gotten considerable exposure as they make their way up the pro ranks.

They include fighters such as welterweight and 2015 ESPN.com prospect of the year Errol Spence Jr., heavyweight Dominic Breazeale, light heavyweight Marcus Browne, junior featherweight Joseph Diaz and junior welterweight Jose Ramirez, among others.

Lightweight Jamel Herring, however, has received little attention and scant television exposure. But the 30-year-old from Coram, New York, who fights out of Cincinnati, hopes to change that with a strong performance in his first main event.

Herring (14-0, 8 KOs), a former U.S. Marine, will face Luis Eduardo Flores (21-2, 17 KOs), 28, of Colombia, in a scheduled 10-round fight on Tuesday (Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes, 11 p.m. ET) on Premier Boxing Champions card at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

"This is my first PBC card and to headline it is a great honor,” said Herring, adding that he was already on weight five days ahead of time. “In the same sense, I look at the fight as just another fight and I am very focused for the task at hand."

Flores has won two fights in a row but faced unknown opposition, other than junior lightweight contender Miguel Berchelt, whom he knocked out in the first round in 2014.

Flores will also be fighting outside of Colombia for only the second time, the other coming in Mexico against Berchelt.

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

Herring hopes an impressive win on national television will launch him into fights against quality contenders.

"I am looking for the fights against the top-15 guys,” Herring said. “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."

Flores said he hopes to take Herring’s undefeated record like he did against Berchelt.

"I am 100 percent positive I will win this fight,” Flores said. “The only thing I know about Herring is that he likes to run a lot. I am coming to get a knockout and take away Herring's ‘0.’”