Thursday night at the Commerce Casino, Los Angeles California, former NABO and WBC USNBC lightweight champion Edner Cherry, 25-6-2 (13), returned to the ring with a very impressive stoppage of Jovann Jones, 9-8 (4), at the 1:14 mark of the third round. In his first fight under the TKO Boxing Promotions banner and first fight since losing a shot at the WBC light welterweight title by a close decision to Timothy Bradley, Cherry came in ready to take care of business, in great shape and it showed.
Cherry, showing that he is ready to climb back into title contention, dropped Jones in each round. In the third round, referee Ray Corona called an end to the bout after Cherry dropped Jones at the 1:14 mark. For Cherry, it was his first stoppage since his tenth round KO of former WBC lightweight champion Stevie Johnston in August 2008.
Cherry has stated that he feels stronger and more comfortable at 134. When he challenged WBC lightweight champion Timothy Bradley for the title, he did so at lightweight (139-140). Cherry feels that he has the tools and strength to not only compete, but win a world title at junior lightweight. 2010 may be the year the “Cherry Bomb” blows up the junior lightweight division.
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