Tune in to watch Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring on ESPN Saturday, May 12th, at 4pm ET at Madison Square Garden or watch on ESPN+.
Nicknamed “Semper Fi,” Jamel Herring, is a former US Marine from New York, who served 2 tours in Iraq and boxed for Team USA at the 2012 London Games. He became a professional boxer later that year and has been storming up the 135 lb. ranks ever since with 15 wins, 1 loss, and 8 knock outs under his belt!
Jamel's love for boxing started in high school, but with the events our country faced on 9-11-2001, Jamel felt inspired to serve his country, so he joined the United States Marine Corps. Throughout his time in the Marine Corps Jamel continue to box, but officially picked his career back up in 2006 when he joined the Marines Corps boxing team.
He later won a silver medal at the 2010 World Military Games. Then he took a gold medal at the 2011 and 2012 Armed Forces Championships, while a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. Jamel was training under Ravelo, Woodruff, and Aleman, who help lead him to win gold in the 2012 Olympic Trials, defeating multiple nationals champions.
Jamel was the only United States Marine to qualify and compete at the 2012 London Olympics and the first active duty marine to qualify for the US boxing team since 1992.
However, feeling on top of the world hasn't always been the case for Jamel. The opening ceremony at the 2012 London Games, was also the 3rd anniversary of his daughter, Ariyanah's passing. Ariyanah died July 27, 2009, from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), which has been a huge influence on Jamel's career. Jamel uses the memory of his daughter to fight through his darkest days and rise to the top.
If you want to read more about the adversity Jamel overcame and how he got through this difficult time, please read his story he shared with RantSports.com here, and grab a tissue while you're at it, it's a tear jerker...
After returning from the London games, Herring made the tough decision to finish out his service with the United States Marine Corps and officially became a professional boxer on December 8, 2012.
With Jamel's heart, character, morals and integrity he will keep fighting inside and outside the ring, on a daily basis to reach his goals. Show Jamel your support and follow his journey on social media @JamelHerring.
Feb 09, 2016 / Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
"Against his toughest opponent to date, Herring dominated from start to finish and rolled to a unanimous decision." - PremierBoxingChampions.com
"My Omni Headphones! They help me tune out everything that's going on around me, and the sound is crisp and clear." - Jamel