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Herring-managed prospects Simpson, Jarmon win in Kansas

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Junior bantamweight Shawn Simpson and junior lightweight Desmond Jarmon, two prospects co-managed by Jamel Herring, remained unbeaten by notching knockout victories Saturday night at the Never Surrender MMA Gym in Abilene, Kansas.

Simpson improves to 12-0 (4 knockouts) while Jarmon goes to 9-0 (4 KOs).

Both fighters now fight under the ‘First to Fight’ management company, which is run by the WBO junior lightweight titleholder Herring and Jerry Casarez.

Simpson, who resides in Chicago, Illinois and was fighting for the first time since defeating Samuel Gutierrez on August 31, dropped Dakota Laster with a counter left hook to to the head. Laster beat the count, but was dropped again by a shot to the body. Referee Nick Berens stopped the bout at 1:18.

“It felt great to get back in the ring after not fighting for 10 months,” Simpson told The Ring after the fight. “(Laster) came out strong and wild, but I knew with my skills and timing that I would be able to get to him and slow him down.”

“Being in Nebraska working with Jamel and Desmond was great for me in getting in shape. I can’t wait to see what’s next for me and the team and we (are) ready to get back in the ring.”

The 21-year-old Laster, who resides in Hannibal, Missouri, drops to 3-10-1, 3 KOs.

Jarmon (9-0, 5 KOs) battered veteran Mike Fowler, dropping him three times in round three, all on body shots. The Cincinnati, Ohio resident, who had not fought since January 19 of last year, dropped Fowler again with another punch to the body in round four. Referee Nick Berens stepped in and stopped the bout at 46 seconds.

“It was a great fight,” Jarmon told The Ring after the fight. “I was glad to get the rust off. I felt real sharp, real strong. I want to thank Jamel and I’m only going up from here.”

Fowler, who resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, drops to 7-28 (2 KOs).

Casarez told The Ring he is hopeful both Simpson and Jarmon will return to action immediately.

“I’m proud of both Shawn and Desmond. Shawn showed poise by weathering his opponent starting off aggressively. (He) picked his shots and got the TKO (victory).”

“Desmond looked really good for not having fought in over a year. The work with his new trainer ‘Bomac’ (Brian McIntyre) is really starting to show. His future is big at (junior) featherweight.”

Both fights were part of a hybrid card promoted by Carden Combat Sports.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and FightNights.com. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing