Former 130-pound titleholder Jamel Herring will be fighting journeyman Nick Molina on Tuesday in an attempt to keep his career alive at 38 years old.
JAMEL HERRING (23-4, 11 KOs)
VS. NICK MOLINA (13-0, 5 KOs)
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 7
Time: 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT (main event later in show)
Where: Edison Ballroom, New York
Division: Junior lightweight (130 pounds)
At stake: No major titles
Also on the card: Mikiah Kreps vs. Isis Vargas Perez, bantamweights
Prediction: Herring UD
Background: Jamel Herring is facing a soft touch in his bid to keep his career alive. The 38-year-old former 130-pound champ is coming off back-to-back losses, a 10th-round knockout against a dominating Shakur Stevenson that cost him his belt in October 2021 and a unanimous decision against current 140-pound contender Jamaine Ortiz in a 135-pound bout in May of last year. He will have been out of the ring for almost a year and a half when he faces Molina, who appears to be a safe opponent for Herring in the scheduled eight-round junior lightweight bout. The 24-year-old from Lowell, Massachusetts is unbeaten but will be taking a significant step up in opposition, at least in terms of Herring’s experience and accomplishments. Molina last fought on July 14, when he easily outpointed club fighter Aldimar Silva in a six-round 135-pound fight. He has never fought below 133 pounds.