Jamel Herring vs Shakur Stevenson: A look at the longshot odds

Herring to making the fourth defence of his WBO title against an undefeated American fighter looking to become a two-division king.

Shakur Stevenson bids to become a two-division world champion when collides against Jamel Herring this weekend for the WBO junior lightweight title.

The American held the WBO version at featherweight and made two defences before deciding to move up to 130lbs.

Undefeated, southpaw Stevenson is regarded as one of the most exciting up-and-coming stars in world boxing and victory over Herring would see him back up at that point.

However, Herring is no fool. A former US marine, "Semper Fi" has made three world title defences, including a spectacular win over British legend Carl Frampton.

The question is, will size and reach have a factor in this contest or will youth prevail?

Planet Sport has taken a look at some of the longshot odds which may fancy your tipple.

When: October 23

Where: State Farm Arena, Atlanta

How to watch: ESPN / Sky Sports

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Herring to win by KO/TKO/DQ/Technical Decision

The odds of Herring winning inside the distance is at around 10/1 with Planet Sport Bet.

While he has just 11 KOs in 25 bouts, it is worth mentioning his last two wins have been via TKO and DQ. Herring, at times, may not be the best to watch on the eye but he has a rough style that tends to frustrate and tire out opponents.

His DQ win against Jonathan Oquendo is a prime example. It was not a great spectacle but Herring's style frustrated the Puerto Rican fighter, who was eventually disqualified for repeated headbutts.

Jamel Herring points

At 12/1, it is certainly worth a punt, especially when the most common victory for each fighter comes from the scorecards.

Four of Herring's last six wins have come via unanimous decision while Stevenson won his first fight since moving up from featherweight by the same result. The fight could be a cagey affair and with neither of them being the biggest of hitters, many expect to go the distance.

Shakur Stevenson rounds 10-12

Shakur Stevenson

Herring has two defeats on his record - the first being in the final round of his 10-round bout against Denis Shafikov.

With the ring IQ Stevenson possesses, there will be a lot of punches thrown and missed by Herring which for a fighter, is not only demoralising but also takes out a lot of energy.

Herring is big for the weight - that's no secret - and depending on how his camp has gone, with making the weight limit, it could have an impact on his fitness in the 'championship rounds'.

As previously mentioned, Stevenson is known more for his technical ability rather than punching prowess but like any elite boxer, when he smells blood in the air he capitalises on it.

Jamel Herring to win in rounds 1-3

It would be a huge shock if Herring dispatched Stevenson between rounds one to three but it could be his best chance of winning.

Herring needs to be the aggressor in the bout but for 12 rounds he will struggle to keep up with the pace.

A shock tactic could be for Herring to unload a flurry of punches early on in the fight and force Stevenson into a dog fight. At 40/1, it is certainly a bet worth considering.

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