Coram, Long Island native Jamel Herring squared off with Daniyar Yeleussinov of Kazakhstan in a light welterweight scrap Tuesday morning in London. Both hoped to leap from the first round of 32 into the sweet 16, but Herring's ride ended in the opening round, as the Kazakh had too much in his arsenal and took a 19-9 decision.
In the first, Herring fell behind 8-5. He got tagged with some one-twos, but all in all, the frame was a pretty even one. Herring used a high, tight guard to combat Dan's straight blows, but it looked like Dan had a power edge.
After two rounds, Dan was up 15-8. He used his reach and movement expertly, and Herring in Round 3 found himself chasing some, as Dan knew he just had to be smart to coast to the win. Dan's confidence grew as his lead widened, and Herring, who combated multiple warnings from the ref for "infractions" (which frankly I didn't pick up on) needed to land a Hail Mary power shot to change the course. That is not his style of boxing.