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Jamel Herring signs with Top Rank

Top Rank has signed the former U.S. Olympian to a new deal.

Jamel Herring v Yakubu Amidu Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

After spending his pro career under the Premier Boxing Champions banner, former U.S. Marine and Olympic boxing captain Jamel Herring has signed a new promotional deal with Top Rank, reports ESPN.

Herring (16-2, 9 KO) has lost two of three and his career has seemed to peter out a fair bit, but he’s not just moving to a new promoter, he’s also changing trainers, going from Mike Stafford to Brian McIntyre, who is most famous for his work with Terence Crawford.

The 32-year-old Herring was stopped in 10 by Denis Shafikov in July 2016, then bounced back with a solid win over Art Hovhannisyan in February 2017. He lost his last outing, to Ladarius Miller, in August.

Top Rank’s Carl Moretti says that Herring could stay at 135 or even drop down to 130, if there are better opportunities at that weight.

Can Herring bounce back and become a contender? He’s got a couple more years of his prime, in theory, and he’s a well-schooled fighter who could well benefit from a change of trainers and a more active schedule, if Top Rank can afford him that. Time will tell. At the very least, Top Rank has added a decent lightweight to its roster.

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