James Bryan Herring
, also known as Red Herring
, was a boxer and a champion in the light welterweight
Herring was born on March 19, 1896, in Paducah, Kentucky
, and began boxing in 1913 when he won a bout as a featherweight by KO, fighting on a benefit card for striking railroad workers in Paducah.
He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War I, and was stationed at both Camp Pike, Arkansas and Camp Shelby, Mississippi where he served as boxing instructor. He claimed to have gone 35-0-1 in 36 army bouts with the draw coming against the camp's heavyweight. He was the All-Southern Army Lightweight Champion in 1917. He is also said to have been the Featherweight, Lightweight, and Welterweight Champion at Camp Shelby
In 1919 after winning a Lightweight elimination tournament in the South, Herring got a chance to meet World Lightweight Champion Benny Leonard
on December 19, 1919, in Memphis, Tennessee. Leonard won the bout by TKO in the sixth round.
Herring fought Young Stribling
twice in 1922 in Macon, Georgia
, earning a 10-round draw in the first fight and losing a 10 round decision in the second fight. Stribling would later tell the New Yorker magazine
that Herring hit him with one of the hardest punches he had ever felt in his career.
Herring won the World Jr. Welterweight title March 27, 1925 from Pinky Mitchell
, when Mitchell was disqualified by referee Slim McClelland
. This was disputed due to Mitchell weighing in at 146 pounds, well above the Jr. Welterweight... Read More