A battle of highly regarded lightweight prospects will headline the next Premier Boxing Champions event on Fox Sports 1.
Undefeated former Olympian Jamel Herring (14-0, 8 KO) will put his unblemished record on the line against Colombian veteran Luis Eduardo Flores (21-2, 17 KO) on Tuesday night in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Here are the viewing details:
When: Tuesday, February 9 at 11 p.m. ET
Where: Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
TV: Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes
The 30-year-old Herring hails from Coram, New York, but calls Cincinnati, Ohio home. He's been fighting professionally since 2012 and turned pro shortly after he competed in the London 2012 Olympics.
Because of his advanced age and proportionately limited experience, Herring was busy in 2015. Over a span of seven months, he fought four times and boxed a total of 29 rounds.
He scored one stoppage victory and accumulated valuable experience along the way. While Herring has been active, he hasn't faced a truly formidable opponent up to this point. In his last fight, he won a 10-round unanimous decision over Yakubu Amidu in front of his hometown Cincinnati fans.
The going could be tougher against Flores, and Herring seems aware of that. Per Matt Jacob of Premier Boxing Champions, Herring said: “I know my opponent is tall and rangy (no official height listed) and has a good punch. I am preparing myself to make adjustments and be ready for anything. I’m looking to get the win by any means necessary.”
Herring's assessment of Flores' power is accurate. The 28-year-old has a 74 percent KO rate and he's won five of his last eight bouts by stoppage. He fought just twice in 2015, but last time out he handled Gustavo Sandoval in an eight-round bout in April 2015.
Tuesday's bout will be Flores' first in the United States. He'll have to deal with potential ring rust and the challenges of fighting stateside for the first time. Even with those potential impediments, Flores sounds confident and undeterred.
"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’.”
Flores is no stranger to "taking away '0s.'" Back in March 2014, he scored a first-round KO victory over Miguel Berchelt, a power-punching Mexican prospect who was 21-0 with 17 KOs when the two met. Here's a look at Flores' stunning defeat of Berchelt:
Herring will be doing his best to avoid a similar fate.
Herring has designs on becoming a world champion, but he'll have to prove he can rise to the occasion when the spotlight is on and the level of competition has been raised. The journey continues on Tuesday.
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