"Oh, it was great. It was kind of a relief, especially coming back from the Olympics and everything. I was happy. I ain't gonna lie, I was really happy and excited. Now I'm just anxious to get back in there again...There is more to me and I just want to showcase what I have and give the people a lot more than what I showed the first time. I got a lot of speed of course. I got a lot of speed, but I also want to showcase that I got power and that I can be stronger at 135 than what I was at 141 as an amateur," stated lightweight prospect Jamel Herring, who talked about his upcoming return to the ring and much more. Check it out!
PC: You recently won your pro debut. What was that like?
JH: Oh, it was great. It was kind of a relief, especially coming back from the Olympics and everything. I was happy. I ain't gonna lie, I was really happy and excited. Now I'm just anxious to get back in there again.
PC: What were your nerves like before the fight?
JH: Ah man, I remember being in the back with Adrien Broner and Rau'Shee Warren and they were like pumping me up. but at the same time, you are a little nervous because it's your pro debut and you're on national TV, so they were back there keeping me calm and collected and helping me at the same time. So I was nervous a little bit, but once I stepped in that ring, all of the butterflies went away and as soon as the bell rung, it was time to go to work.
PC: It has to be comforting having guys like Adrien and Rau'Shee in your locker room to keep you relaxed.
JH: Having someone like Adrien and Rau'Shee in your corner is a blessing. I'm real happy to have guys around me like that on a daily basis. When I'm doing something wrong, they give me advice and I give them advice and we all work and grow. To have somebody in your corner like Adrien, who is at a championship level, that gives you confidence because you see what he's doing and it makes you want it more; just as much as he wanted.
PC: The last time we spoke before your pro debut, you were saying that you and Mike Stafford were just getting to know one another and were still gelling. Do you feel that connection now and that you guys are meshing perfectly?
JH: Ah yeah! My connection with Mike goes beyond working in the gym. He will call me up on the weekend and check up on me and see how I'm doing or invite me over. Around the holidays, he asked me to come down and go to his old neighborhood to give out gifts and autographs for the kids. And for him, that's cool. I love dealing with little kids. He will tell you I'm like another son to him because the chemistry in and out of the ring is great and I'm honored to be with somebody like him in my corner.
PC: Now that you have your return date on the undercard of Broner/Rees on February 16th, does it matter who the opponent is or do you just prepare yourself as best as you can to come in sharp, therefore it doesn't matter who is across the ring from you?
JH: No, it don't matter. Training has been really good. People have already seen a difference in how I was in the Olympics and how I am now and how better I have gotten. It shows you the stuff I have been dealing with and the people around me. I have been working with Mike, Adrien and Rau'Shee. I look at it like this, I'm in there sparring with Adrien Broner and I have learned a lot from him these past few months. I feel like if I can hang with a world champion like that, it really doesn't matter who they put in front of me. We all know the pro game. In the beginning, I'm not gonna be fighting high-caliber world championship guys. I don't take no fighter for granted. Any fighter that put on a pair of gloves, he wants it just as much as I want it. That's how I look at it. But on the other side of that, I feel like I work with the best out there today and when I have Adrien saying I'm getting better and I'm gonna make it, that right there means a lot. So I don't worry about who I'm fighting right now. I'm just taking it one fight at a time, I'm not looking past nobody and just doing what I gotta do to get to that level where I wanna be at.
PC: You just fought in December and now you're turning around and fighting in February. Seems like the goal is to keep you busy for sure. You gotta like that.
JH: Yeah. I can give thanks for that to Al Haymon and his team. They have been keeping me busy and I know that it's hard for a lot of guys to get fights at an early stage of their career. I'm happy with staying busy on a constant basis. I was upset that I couldn't get a fight in January (laughing). I was supposed to get a fight in the middle of January, but the card had got full. It's busy, I understand that, but just the fact that they were trying to keep me busy and get me a fight right after my fight in December shows you why I'm happy with my team. They are really doing their job and as long as I stay busy and keep working, I feel that I will get to where I need to be at a lot sooner than many may expect. I respect the fact that Al Haymon and his team are building not just me, but the rest of my Olympic teammates the right way. They not rushing us. They are putting us in the positions we need to be in to be on top.
PC: What are you looking to see in yourself from fight one to fight two?
JH: I feel like I started a little slow because I was a little nervous, but the second fight, which is actually close to home in New York, I just wanna showcase more of my talent, even though a lot of people said I looked good. There is more to me and I just want to showcase what I have and give the people a lot more than what I showed the first time. I got a lot of speed of course. I got a lot of speed, but I also want to showcase that I got power and that I can be stronger at 135 than what I was at 141 as an amateur.
PC: Is 135 gonna be your weight?
JH: Yeah, I talked everything over with my coach and the team and Mike feels that I would be a lot stronger right now at 35. Of course later on down the road, I'll move up back to 140, but to be honest, I would say right now that I want to win titles at 135 and then afterwards, of course go up to 140.
PC: I look forward to your fight on February 16th. I'm sure we will speak again before that. Is there anything else you want to add?
JH: It's always good talking to you, man. I appreciate your support, and I appreciate the people out there supporting me and they can follow me on Twitter @JamelHerring, which is one word all together, and I look forward to the things to come in the future, man.
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