Boxing: jamel herring

Yormark: Boxing would be key in Coliseum

July, 3, 2013
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Brooklyn is a busy borough, one that brings plenty of attributes to the table.

Long Island doesn't have that same cachet, and so I wonder if the Barclays Center crew could in fact replicate their success in Brooklyn on the island.

During a recent interview, Barclays Center and Nets CEO Brett Yormark had the same tone as he had in 2010, when I betrayed a slight degree of skepticism that a renovated building could in fact attract enough boxing fans regularly to make boxing a worthy building block.

"There's a play out there on Long Island for everything we do here, be it boxing, college basketball, [pro wrestling], concerts and so forth," he said.

Yormark said his group has received commitments for more than 200 events in the first year of the rehabbed coliseum, and they plan to host more than 300 events annually there. He said that their research shows eight percent of Nets fans come to Brooklyn from Long Island, and only 13 percent of people attending non-Nets events are from L.I., so that speaks to the room for expansion.

And what role would boxing have at the Barclays-run coliseum?

Yormark said his partner Golden Boy Promotions has committed to bringing some of their shows in the theater. Yormark also hopes to "accommodate some bigger fights there." In addition, he'd like to have Golden Boy put some non-televised cards in that theater, to give the local fighters more reps.

Long Island boxing isn't in a horrid place, with Coram, N.Y. native Jamel Herring's 4-0 record as a pro after making the 2012 USA Olympic squad, and Chris Algieri, a 16-0 junior welterweight, building a fan base on cards run by Joe DeGuardia. But neither man would fill the big, refurbished room. Still, former heavyweight contender Gerry Cooney, who was a certified attraction on Long Island and currently co-hosts a Sirius radio boxing program along with partner Randy Gordon, says it could sustain a regular boxing program.

"Hell yeah," said Coooney, a 56-year-old Huntington, N.Y. product who retired with a 28-3 mark in 1990. "You've got some good kids there. Boxing as a sport has corrected itself, put better fights on. MMA snuck in there and that forced boxing to put on more competitive fights."

He cited his 1980 Nassau Coliseum fight with Ron Lyle, a first-round KO win, as a career highlight. "It can be better than ever," he said.

No surprise, the Madison Square Garden group likes their chances to snag the coliseum and put their stamp on it. A Garden spokesman offered this statement to NYFightblog when asked about their bid: “Madison Square Garden has been the longtime Mecca of boxing. We have terrific relationships with all of the top boxing promoters and, as part of our plan to create a thriving sports and entertainment destination on Long Island, look forward to leveraging those strong relationships, along with our expertise, to deliver boxing excitement to the Nassau Coliseum.”

The Garden's bid is a $250 million package, and they are playing up an Islander-themed sports bar in a nod to acknowledging the Isles' import.
Check back for the final part of this package, which includes Yormark's desire to both close and re-open the "Barclays" Coliseum in grand fashion...


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Herring gets win at Barclays

June, 22, 2013
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Coram, Long Island native Jamel Herring went to 4-0, with a unanimous decision over Calvin Smith in the first bout from Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon.

The judges saw it 40-35, 40-36, 40-36 for the Marine who repped the US at the London Olympics. Mike Stafford, the trainer for the headliner Adrien Broner, was in Herring's corner. He had to like a lot of what Herring did; the lefty who now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, was aggressive, busy, threw some nice combos and was a step in class above the loser, who dropped to 2-4.

Promoter Golden Boy has been starting these cards at 4:30. Why not? They have an immense roster, might as well keep 'em busy. And as long as the building is open...

Coram's Herring set to fight in AC

February, 5, 2013
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The pugilistic pride of Coram, Long Island, Jamel Herring hopes to rise to 2-0 as a pro when he gloves up against a to-be-determined opponent on Feb. 16 in Atlantic City. The 2012 US Olympian fights on the same card as Adrien Broner, who headlines against Gavin Rees in a show promoted by Golden Boy. HBO will televise it if you aren't inclined to make the trek to Boardwalk Hall.

Herring, 27, a Marine who deployed to Iraq in 2005 and 2007, is trained by Mike Stafford, a Cincinnati native who also tutors young gun Broner.

I asked Stafford to give his take on how Herring, who turned pro with a UD4 win over Jose Valderrama on Dec. 8, is progressing.

"He's doing great, I'm making him use his left hand more, that's always good," said Stafford, on the phone from a training camp in Colorado Springs for Broner, Herring and others on the Feb. 16. card. "I want him to generate power, he has good legs and I want power in his shots."

So he's acclimating well to the pros? "He's around tough guys, he's sparring Brandon Bennett (14-0 super featherweight), William Jackson (10-1 welterweight), guys who are pros three, four, five years. He's around Adrien as well. He's a grown man, and we work hard. That's how he made the Olympic team, he didn't have the skills or flash as a Rau'She Warren, but he's got the work attitude. He started late but he's a man."

Jamel Herring turning pro Dec. 8

November, 28, 2012
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Jamel Herring, the Olympian out of Coram, Long Island, was kind enough to update NYFightBlog on his recent activities as he counts down to his professional debut. Herring, a U.S. Marine who served two tours, will step into the ring Dec. 8 in Anaheim, Calif.

"I started training camp September 29th in Ohio and I trained there for two weeks before moving the camp to Colorado Springs, where I trained under Adrien Broner's trainer, Mike Stafford, and helped prepare Adrien for his November 17 fight by becoming one of his sparring partners," he said. "Since I'm a southpaw myself with a height of 5'10, I gave Adrien a good look on what he was up against, versus Antonio Demarco, in terms of body frame.

"Camp there lasted about three weeks, until we moved again to California due to the fact that Rau'shee Warren was making his pro debut in California with my other Olympic teammates November 9.

"Then I trained and sparred Adrien at the Wildcard Gym while also getting the chance to touch bases with Freddie Roach again and also got the opportunity to meet Manny Pacquaio. During the fight in L.A. I got the chance to speak with Amir Khan again. The last time we spoke was at the Olympic Games in London. From Los Angeles we traveled straight to Atlantic City, where training was a bit toned down since everyone was preparing for the Broner/DeMarco fight. There I got to witness Adrien become a two-time world champion, so that was bit of a break for me in terms of training camp.

"Afterwards I returned back to Ohio that following Sunday, but I was right back in the gym Monday when Al Haymon confirmed that me and Rau'shee would be fighting December 8th in Anaheim at the Business Expo Center."

Sounds like the 27-year-old junior welterweight Herring is getting a full-on immersion experience, flying here and there, getting stellar sparring and soaking up wisdom and advice from some of the best and brighest in the game, useful since he is getting a late start as a pro.

Jamel Herring says he'll sign with Haymon

September, 24, 2012
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Jamel Herring of Coram, Long Island, told NYFightBlog he is amped to get into gear as a pro. He said he spoke to trainer Mike Stafford, of Ohio, and Stafford said Al Haymon's people will be sending a contract for a management deal to ink later this week.

So, is Herring looking to prove a point, that as a fighter, he's not the guy who was bumped from the Olympics in his first-round fight? "I'm really excited and you read my mind," Herring told me. "I want to prove a point to the world. People fail to realize we weren't fully prepared during the Olympic Games. I mean, let's be serious, we only had about three weeks to prepare... but that's in the past, now I just want to move on and focus on becoming a world champion."

Herring will likely turn pro the end of November. He's rooting for Olympic teammates Rau' Shee Warren and Terrell Gausha, who he said will be fighting on a Nov. 3 card.

Texan Errol Spence and Californian ex footballer Dominic Brezeale also might take part in a full-fledged Olympics reunion show, he said.

Jamel Herring update

September, 21, 2012
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Jamel Herring, a Marine from Coram, Long Island, checked in with NYFightBlog about his plans to turn pro.

"Training camp starts Monday out in Colorado Springs," he said. "I'll be trained by Mike Stafford and I'm supposed to sit down with Al Haymon's people to work out a deal with him managing my career. We're also trying to get a date in October for my pro debut."

Stafford trains young gun Adrien Broner, a rising star in the business.

NY Olympic boxers report on White House visit

September, 18, 2012
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A gaggle of U.S. Olympians, including New York boxers Marcus Browne and Jamel Herring, visited the White House and greeted President Obama on Friday.

"I was inspired to watch you guys even though I couldn't do what you do," Obama said to the athletes, according to Reuters. "I was inspired to run a little bit faster watching Tyson Gay, and lift a little more after watching Holley Mangold, or do a few more (abdominal) crunches after watching Michael Phelps and the other swimmers. Somehow, it didn't work quite on me."

Browne and Herring both came away mightily impressed. "It was a great experience, yes we shared a few words, he was very nice, he has such a smooth aura, not like a pimp but just an old-school playa," the Staten Islander Browne told NYFightblog.

I asked about where he stands on turning pro. "As of now I'm still in the process of meeting with different companies in boxing, I still haven't spoken to everyone yet," he said. "I'm almost done but it'll be soon. I'm not rushing, I'm making sure I get the best deal for me."

Herring got some quality time with the President, and then poked around the White House. "I shook hands with him, told him I was a Marine who deployed twice, and had a great time exploring the White House afterwards."

Er, did you liberate a keepsake?

"LOL, no, plus you can imagine how tight security was," he reported.

Confession: Not sure if this will put me on the watch list, but if I went to the White House, I'd try to snag a few plies of toilet paper, at least ...

Browne, Herring at White House

September, 14, 2012
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Olympians Marcus Browne and Jamel Herring, of Staten Island and Coram, Long Island, are in DC today, meeting President Obama at the White House along with a couple hundred other American athletes who took part in the London Games.

"Yea, we here, from Staten Island to the White House!" Browne Tweeted at 9 a.m.

"From Coram to the White House and still going strong in life," Herring Tweeted. "Y'all can't tell me I ain't made it... Life is good and it only gets better."

"I watched you guys do things that I did not think were humanly possible," Obama said, as quoted on TheHill.com. "I was tempted to run a little bit faster after watching Tyson Gay ... or do a few more crunches after watching Michael Phelps and some of the other swimmers."

Neither Browne nor Herring was able to make it out of London with a medal, but both are soldiering on, sifting through offers to turn pro. The grapevine tells me that Browne has met with some heavy hitters about a deal and is mulling how to proceed, and Herring is planning to go to a camp headed by Mike Stafford, who guides Adrien Broner and is looking to place Herring with a higher-placed adviser.

Herring responds to Atlas critique

August, 17, 2012
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ESPN analyst Teddy Atlas, the sometimes trainer and all-the-time proponent of cleaning up the shadier sides of the sport, weighed in on the performances of the two New York-based boxers who took part in the London Olympics. Atlas was asked about Marine Jamel Herring, who was ousted in his first-round scrap against Kazakh Daniyar Yeleussinov, 19-9.

"Herring didn't look good at all," Atlas said. "As a Marine, his loss didn't seem to bother him the way you'd think it'd bother you. He was another guy happy to be there, I didn't see the passion I saw in Errol Spence and Terrell Gausha."

"Herring, a native of Coram, Long Island, responded to the critique.

"That wasn't the case by far, actually," Herring said. "I'm still a little bothered by my performance, truthfully, but I couldn't find my rhythm or timing. I told everyone from the beginning I didn't want to just be a guy who was happy to be there, I wanted to get on the podium ... but once I got out of the ring, as a leader I had to put on a smile and just keep my head up for my team and everyone at home.

"I take the sport seriously and I worked hard to get to where I was at. Nobody likes to lose, but Teddy is entitled to his opinion."

Herring showed class in tipping his cap to Daniyar, and also noted that the U.S. team doesn't get enough international experience, an opinion that Atlas shares.

"My opponent was just the better man and my lack of international experience showed, but I'm just being honest with myself and to the public," Herring said. "I've dominated in my country, like most of the team, but since we had little time to prepare it just showed. I honestly tried to fight my heart out, but once the third round came and I saw he was running, and I knew it would be hard to rally back up on points on the amateur level, and on top of that a lot people felt I wasn't getting the points I scored, so I just sucked it up and went out with pride.

"People can doubt me and say whatever, but it isn't easy becoming an Olympian and people need to seriously realize that," he said. "I had to qualify and fight to earn my spot on that team, so I don't care what anyone has to say at this point. Based off of one bad fight at the Olympics, people are even judging how well I'll do as a pro. Well, guess what? There are many Olympians who didn't medal or do well at the Olympics but were successful pros, like Miguel Cotto. So I don't care what Teddy or anyone thinks at the moment. I respect Teddy, don't get me wrong, but if I let people and their opinions bother me I won't get anywhere."

Herring is enthused and looking forward to his entry into the professional waters. "Right now I'm talking with Mike Stafford to better improve my technique and defense," he said, referring Adrien Broner's coach. "He wants me to come to camp next month."

Herring loses to Yeleussinov, 19-9

July, 31, 2012
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Coram, Long Island native Jamel Herring squared off with Daniyar Yeleussinov of Kazakhstan in a light welterweight scrap Tuesday morning in London. Both hoped to leap from the first round of 32 into the sweet 16, but Herring's ride ended in the opening round, as the Kazakh had too much in his arsenal and took a 19-9 decision.

In the first, Herring fell behind 8-5. He got tagged with some one-twos, but all in all, the frame was a pretty even one. Herring used a high, tight guard to combat Dan's straight blows, but it looked like Dan had a power edge.

After two rounds, Dan was up 15-8. He used his reach and movement expertly, and Herring in Round 3 found himself chasing some, as Dan knew he just had to be smart to coast to the win. Dan's confidence grew as his lead widened, and Herring, who combated multiple warnings from the ref for "infractions" (which frankly I didn't pick up on) needed to land a Hail Mary power shot to change the course. That is not his style of boxing.

Browne loses in first round at Olympics

July, 30, 2012
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Light heavyweight Marcus Browne craved gold, and although the Staten Islander will not exit London with a shiny bauble in his pocket, but he has no shame in his game, as he gave a solid account of himself in his opening-round loss to Aussie Damien Hooper on Monday morning in London.

Team USA was 4-0 until Browne, 21, met up with fellow lefty Hooper, who turned it up in Round 3 and got into fighting mode, instead of looking to pack on points. Hooper had his hand raised, by a 13-11 score, and will head to the round of 16. Browne held a 6-5 lead entering the final frame, but it was Hooper, 20, who closed out the show. In retrospect, Browne might have wished he had been more aggressive and taken it to Hooper more often. Hooper scored a standing eight count in Round 3, indicating the fury of his flurrying.

Browne fans had to be slightly miffed that CNBC, home to boxing coverage, switched away and didn't show the Browne bout. Then, a stream provided by its parent network went down as well, before staying strong.

Next up, New Yorkers, co-captain Jamel Herring will try to get it done. He gloves up Tuesday morning and we can only hope the channel doesn't swerve right before the Coram, N.Y., native gets it on with Daniyar Yeleussinov of Kazkhstan in a light welterweight tangle.
The draw was held to determine who will fight who in the first round of the Olympic boxing slate, and co-captain Jamel Herring, a welterweight, told the world the result, via Twitter: "I box against KAZAKHSTAN Tuesday. Let's get this work in USA!"

Fellow New Yorker Marcus Browne learned that he will take on a light heavyweight from Australia in his opener, in the round of 32.

Herring, the Marine from Coram, Long Island, will be looking to get it done on Tuesday morning, versus Daniyar Yeleussinov, a lefty who moves well and knows the focus-on-points style of Olympic fighting.

Herring was feeling some extra emotion Friday, the third anniversary of his daughter's death. Ariyanah Herring was two months old when she passed.

"Today marks the 3rd anniversary since my daughter has passed but instead of sorrow I'm go represent her proudly in this opening ceremony," Herring tweeted.

Browne, 21, will glove up Monday morning, against Damien Hooper, who is ranked No. 2 in the world at light heavy (max of 178 pounds). It is possible that Hooper's head isn't screwed on as tight as it needs to be? He left the Aussie camp a month early in June, after fighting with coaches and teammates. At 20, is he mentally tough enough for all this hubbub?

Olympian Herring: 'Gold is all I care about'

July, 25, 2012
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The Olympic village can be a seductive spot. Understandable. There are more than 10,000 athletes at the Games, most of them in prime physical shape, most of them in a buoyant mood, which can make them susceptible to expressing that buoyancy in ways that can perhaps detract from their focus on the task at hand: winning a gold medal, or at least performing to the highest possible personal level possible.

Jamel Herring, a co-captain on the U.S. boxing team and a Long Island, N.Y., native, assures NYFightBlog that he is going to stay on message and remember throughout this Olympics experience that such an opportunity will likely come only once, and must be seized with proper enthusiasm.

Herring, 26, will campaign in the junior lightweight division. He's a Marine who has served two tours in Iraq, so it frankly doesn't surprise me to hear him express such maturity. He has seen things and done things that his teammates cannot even fathom, experienced situations and emotions that either make or break you.

Herring touched base with us to talk about the move from Bolton, England (where the squad was training), to the Olympic village in London, his mindset as he moves towards a bout and expectations of him and the squad as a whole.

"The move from Bolton to the Olympic village was like a breath of fresh air," Herring said. "The hospitality in Bolton was great, and Amir Khan [the ex-junior lightweight champion from Bolton] was a good host for allowing us to train in his gym, but at times everything just seemed to move slow. Once we got to the village, it felt like we caught up with time again."

I got a sense of the Bolton-to-London trek from Julie Goldsticker, who heads up media relations for the squad. "On Tuesday, we took a bus to London from Bolton, left around 10 a.m. and got into London a bit after 3, following two pit stops. It was the full U.S. crew, including the Olympians, training partners, coaches and a couple of staff folks. They stopped first at University of East London to drop some of the staff and training partners there before they headed to the team processing at the Sarah Bonnell School. There, they received all their gear, got sized for their rings, took photos, etc., before being transferred into the village, and it was about 9 p.m. by the time they got into their rooms."

Herring told me that he is fixated on winning gold and won't be swayed by a jubilant atmosphere in the village.

"The gold is all I care about," he said. "Amir and others said the village can get wild with people partying and mingling, but I really don't have that interest. I just want to do my job and then worry about celebrating afterwards. I have a dream I want to fulfill, and this is my only shot."

Please check back for more details from Herring, as he expresses his reaction to pundits saying that he doesn't have much of a chance to get gold.
The USA boxing squad made it to England, and thus far, have been so focused on getting gold. They haven't even managed to indulge in any sightseeing. But, Team USA PR head Julie Goldsticker reports the boxers aren't just tightly-wound balls of tension. When the person who oversees the gym they are using in Bolton walked in to greet the squad on Monday, he caught them dancing en masse.

"This team is very bonded," Goldsticker told NYFightBlog. She has a basis for comparison, having done PR for USA Boxing since 2001, "Their cameraderie is evident."

Goldsticker reports that both the New Yorkers on the squad, co-captain Jamel Herring (age 26) and Marcus Browne (age 21), show leadership qualities.

Herring, having served two tours in Iraq in the Marines, is a vocal leader and seen as a guiding light. Young Browne isn't afraid to pump up the others in the crew, and push them to push themselves. If you follow Browne's Twitter feed, you get the feeling he is the slightest bit homesick. I asked Goldsticker about that, and she chuckled. "He's enjoying England a lot," she said. "But he misses his family. Everybody does. Marcus is ready to fight."

The squad is looking forward to meeting the man who owns the gym in Bolton, junior welterweight pro Amir Khan. The Brit had some hard luck Saturday, when he was stopped in Round Four of his title defense against Danny Garcia in Las Vegas. "There is a press event Wednesday," Goldtsicker said. "We're looking forward to lifting Amir's spirits." The whole team, she said, was beyond pleased to see the gym in Bolton plastered with American flags, and all have been impressed that they haven't felt an ounce of territorial tension. "Everyone has been kind and welcoming. And, we haven't seen any sense of rivalry," she said.

The squad will leave for London on July 24, will enjoy the opening ceremony on July 27, and then will get their game faces on. The light heavy Browne will fight July 30, and light welter Herring will fight the next day. Their foes will be determined after they make weight, and the brackets are completed.

Ultimately, the amount of dancing done by USA boxing will be determined by how far they advance in the tournament.

Marcus Browne wants gold, jerk chicken

July, 6, 2012
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The other day I asked a tri-captain of the US Olympic boxing team, Jamel Herring, who had the best chance to come home from the London Games with a gold medal. Rau'shee Warren, he told me. I asked the same question of fellow Olympian and fellow New Yorker Marcus Browne, America's entrant in the light heavyweight division. He thought about it for half a second and said, "Marcus Browne."

I chuckled, and said, "Right answer." Not that Herring's was wrong; as a captain, as an elder statesman on the squad, having the moral heft that comes with serving two tours as a marine in Iraq, I'd expect Herring to go the route he did. But the Staten Islander, Browne, has a confidence, which he takes pains to ensure it doesn't veer into cockiness territory, which might well help elevate him to the top podium in London next month.

After the first of three workouts scheduled for the day, Browne chatted with me on the phone, and explained why he thinks he has the best chance to bring home the shiniest bauble. "I'm putting in all this work, and I know it's not easy," he said. "Sometime you want to rest, but I still get up, make appropriate sacrifices to be on the podium. It's not a guarantee, but I believe in myself."

The winner of the 2012 nationals told NYFightBlog that training camp in Colorado, where he's been since Sunday, has been no piece of cake. Along those lines, he's missing some of his friends and family at home, and some of his mom's signature cooking. She, as a matter of fact, opened up a restaurant, Mona's Cuisine, on SI a month ago and Marcus is missing some of that jerk chicken with rice and gravy she offers there. "I miss that food," he told me. "I Tweeted that yesterday."

Oh, the sacrifices made to get gold.

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