Jamel 'Semper Fi' Herring announces his return to the ring

When a fighter says they are retiring from the sport, it is often received with a “wait and see” approach as historically, it doesn’t last too long, and the fighter returns. Last year, former WBO super featherweight champion Jamel ‘Semper Fi’ Herring (23-4, 11 KOs) announced his retirement after losing unanimously to lightweight contender Jamaine Ortiz (16-1-1, 8 KOs). After flirting with the idea of a comeback in the last few months with fans and media members, last week, Herring was a guest on the Fightin Words podcast, where he stated that “The Fire is back” and that he will return to the ring.

In the late hours of Tuesday night, Herring was a guest on The Last Round podcast, and the post confirmed the comeback along with the promoter he is working with and some other details. After speaking to Jerry Casarez, who is Herring’s manager and business partner for their company First to Fight Management, he confirmed everything that was put out there during these podcast hits. Casarez told ProBoxTV, “We’ve got a promoter and a comeback fight. We have good relationships with everyone, and they were all willing to work with us, but in the end, it made sense to quarterback this differently, so we went with Lou Dibella.”

Casarez continued, “Lou (Dibella) has a relationship with Top Rank, so it made sense to start there and go with a fight around September/October. We get Jamel (Herring) in the ring, he gets a W (win), then we see how he feels, and we can go from there. This time around, Jamel is going to do things a little differently and train a little smarter since he is older. The place that made the most sense geographically is Las Vegas. In Vegas, Jamel will be reuniting with his old strength & conditioning coach Jaime Belt, who was there during his Top Rank run. He knows Jamel’s body well, so it made sense.”

Herring will be working out of the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, and the person in charge of training Herring is still undecided, although there are talks of Kay Koroma being a candidate for the job.

One fighter that has come up recently after Herring playfully tweeted him earlier today is IBF Super featherweight champion Joe Cordina (16-0, 9 KOs). After sending him a video on Twitter, Cordina quote tweeted and said, “For sure. Now fights like this I can get up for”. That is a very interesting fight for a later date if Herring can win this year and look good doing it. Timing is everything, and it may be the right time for Herring to win another title. But at 37, can Herring pull together another run, or will his comeback fight be his last? It will be interesting to see how all of this plays out.