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.
Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991. He writes about boxing for ESPN The Magazine and is the news editor for TheSweetScience.com.

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