Lightweight prospect Jamel Herring ended up going the distance but secured the victory against Yakubu Amidu in the televised opener of the Adrien Broner-Khabib Allakhverdiev preliminary fights on ShoExtreme. The former Olympian enjoyed the benefit of fighting in his adopted home of Cincinnati, Ohio at the U.S. Bank Arena, against what was probably his toughest test to date.
Herring, a proud Marine who served our country proudly, had no issues with Amidu. The judges scored the fight a unanimous decision in Herring’s favor and all but on judge awarded him a shutout (99-91 and 100-90 twice).
It was a smooth victory as Herring threw fastballs and changeups at his opponent. He kept him guessing throughout the fight and was never in any danger of being hurt. However, it would’ve been nice to see Herring change gears in an attempt to take his opponent out early. Still, it was a very impressive outing and exactly the kind of performance you want heading into a new year, although there is talk of one more fight in 2015 for Herring.
In the final fight of the telecast, another Ohio native, Robert Easter Jr. made short work of Juan Ramon Solis as he was able to get him out in the 3rd round. Easter, who is a very big lightweight, was dominant from the moment the bell sounded.
There was nothing Solis could do to make a difference in the fight and Easter could sense his opponent was in trouble in the 3rd. Easter landed a hard left body shot that noticeably affected Solis. He began to stalk his opponent until the referee stopped the bout.