Jamel Herring vs Nicholas Molina Preview November 7th, 2023
Former WBO Jr. Lightweight Champion Jamel Herring of Coram, New York is heading back to the junior lightweight division after losing to Jamaine Ortiz by 10-round unanimous decision in a shot at the NABF, and vacant IBF USBA Lightweight Titles in May, 2022. He’ll be taking on unbeaten Nicjolas Molina of Lowell, Massachusetts in Manhattan, new York this Tuesday, November 7th with the fight being shown live on DAZN. Herring was stopped in the 10thround by Shakur Stevenson in October, 2021 to lose his title in his previous bout and is making a comeback after the two straight defeats. Molina last fought in July when he dropped Aldimar Silva in the first round and went on to beat him via a six-round unanimous decision.
Herring vs Molina Betting Odds
- Nicholas Molina +550
- Jamel Herring -900
Herring is now 38 years old and has decided to head back to the ring after recently spending some time as a boxing commentator on television with Top Rank. He makes the ring walk with a record of 23-4 with 11 Ko’s and has boxed 172 rounds since making his pro debut in 2012 at the age of 27. The southpaw and former 2012 American Olympian and U.S. Marine won his junior lightweight title from Masayuki Ito via unanimous decision in May, 2019 and then defended it against Lamont Roach by unanimous decision six months later before beating Jonathan Oquendo via an eighth-round disqualification.
He then stopped former world champion Carl Frampton in six rounds in April, 2021. However, he couldn’t handle Shakur Stevenson’s skills and was eventually stopped after putting up a good fight. He then moved up to the lightweight division for one fight but didn’t have any luck against Jamaine Ortiz. Herring stands 5-feet-10-inches tall with a 72-inch reach.
Herring served two tours of duty in Iraq with the Marines and has average power as 47.8 per cent of his wins have come by way of stoppage. He boxed for the Americans at the 2012 Olympics in London, England, but was beaten in the first round of bouts. Herring’s first pro loss came at the hands of Denis Shafikov by 10th-round TKO in July, 2016. He then lost two bouts later to Ladarius Miller via an eight-round unanimous decision in August, 2017.
Although he’s been stopped twice, Herring owns a pretty sturdy chin and since turning pro also won the vacant USBA Super Featherweight Crown in September, 2018 with a 10-round unanimous decision over John Vincent Moralde. His biggest wins have been over Frampton, Oquendo, Ito, Roach, Hector Velazquez, Luis Eduardo Florez and Art Hovhannisyan.
The 24-year-old Molina made his pro debut in November, 2020 and has 50 rounds of experience under his belt since. He owns a perfect record of 13-0 with 5 Ko’s but just two of those opponents have entered the ring with a winning record so he’ll be taking a gigantic step up in class against Herring. As an amateur he made it to the final of the 2019 and 2020 New England Golden Gloves Elite Division.
As a pro, Molina captured the America Boxing Federation USA Lightweight Title in October, 2022 and the vacant USA New England Super Lightweight Belt a month later. Unfortunately there’s no height and reach information for Molina so we don’t know he measures up against the former world champion. As far as power goes. Molina doesn’t possess much of it either as his current knockout ratio clocks in at just 38.5 per cent.
Molina is obviously a hand-picked opponent for Herring as he has an unbeaten record but lacks experience and power. Herring’s an underestimated boxer in general but he’s now 38 years old, 14 years older than Molina, and hasn’t fought for 18 months. He’s moving back down in weight and is still an unspectacular pro with good skills and a decent chin. He’s in the twilight of his career now and has to beat Molina if he hopes to keep his career going. I think his experience and skills should be enough to get him past the younger Molina at junior lightweight.
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