Edner Cherry Wins Tough
Decision Over Omar Douglas
Former title challenger Edner Cherry
(36-7-2, 19 KOs) won a competitive decision over Omar
Douglas (17-2, 12 KOS) in the main event of Premier Boxing
Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES
on FOX Deportes Tuesday night from Sands Bethlehem Events
Center in Bethlehem, Pa.
Cherry came out aggressive from the opening bell, landing a
strong left hook and backing up Douglas early and often over
the first few rounds. Douglas attempted to control the fight
with his jab and movement and had some success moving his
head to avoid many of the power punches from Cherry.
Douglas did well as he increased his attack to the body in
the middle rounds and continued to move backward to avoid
the power punches being thrown by Cherry. The differing
styles left the judges with a decision to make in weighing
the movement and technique of Douglas versus the aggression
In the end, the consistency of Cherry's attack, who
frequently targeted Douglas with combinations to the head,
was more effective in the minds of the judges. The final
score totals were 98-92 and 96-94 twice for Cherry.
Additional action featured Philadelphia's Stephen Fulton
(11-0, 5 KOs) earning a unanimous decision over previously
unbeaten Luis Rosario (8-1-1, 7 KOs) in their eight-round
super bantamweight contest.
Rosario was the more aggressive fighter in the early rounds,
but it was Fulton who timed his opponent first and built up
an early lead with a combination of check hooks and power
punches. Fulton was patient against the attack-minded
Rosario and was able to counter effectively while avoiding
Rosario's power punches.
Fulton continued to have success in the middle rounds as
Rosario's attack slowed, but the Puerto Rican fighter came
out with an increased level of aggression in round seven and
tagged Fulton during several exciting exchanges.
Despite the increasing pressure, Fulton was able to stay
composed and fend off Rosario over the final two rounds on
his way to winning a unanimous decision by scores of 78-74,
79-73 and 80-72.
The opening bout of the telecast saw Bethlehem's Frank
DeAlba (22-2-2, 9 KOs) score a unanimous decision over Ryan
Kielczweski (26-3, 8 KOs) in an eight-round super
The hometown fighter got off to a slow start as Kielczweski
appeared to control the early rounds using his movement and
tagging the southpaw with right hands. DeAlba began to work
on the inside of his opponent and found more success
starting in the fourth round.
Once he had closed the distance, DeAlba began to land hooks
to the head and smothered much of Kielczweski's offense.
With an increased emphasis on body-punching in the late
rounds, DeAlba turned the tide of the fight in the judges'
minds and earned a unanimous decision by scores of 77-75
twice and 80-72.
Here is what the fighters had to say Tuesday night:
"I take my hat off to Douglas. I thought I pulled out the
victory. I tried to press for it but it was a back and forth
"I'm excited to get the win. I beat a great young fighter. I
hate when people say I'm old because I work harder than
these young fighters. I drive an hour and a half to the gym
every day to do this.
"I'm looking for big things. I want to be great and I want
the biggest fights out there. I believe I'm going to get a
"I didn't lose that fight. Period.
"The fight went how I expected it would in the ring. I've
always been a fan of his. I feel like I fight great
competition and I was able to out box him with my jab. He
tried to bait me in and I showed I was the better boxer."
"I feel good winning my first eight-round fight and
televised bout. I feel great after that performance. The
fight went exactly how I thought.
"I knew he would try to drop combinations on me, but I
worked my jab and moved so I would not be in a straight line
for his left hand."
"Fulton is a good boxer. He did not want to fight
man-to-man, but he moved well. He was shying away from
exchanging with me.
"I thought it was a close fight that could have gone either
way. I blocked a lot of his punches with my gloves."
"It was a great fight. He is a tough fighter and I felt I
did enough to get the decision. I out boxed him. He was just
looking for one big shot.
"Hopefully this win gets me to another level. He has fought
really good opponents, so a win over him gets me to fight
bigger fights. I was in great shape. I saw he was tiring and
I thought that was the difference."
"It was a good fight for me and I stuck to my game plan. In
the seventh round he hit me with a body shot and knocked the
wind out of me.
"It was a close fight but I thought I won 5-3. I could have
lived with a draw. He got the close rounds, but every round?
In non-televised action:
Jimmy Kelleher took a four-round unanimous decision over
Jose Valderrama in a super middleweight bout.
Kelleher, 164 lbs of Scranton, PA won by scores of 40-36 on
all cards and is now 4-0. Valderrama, 165.5 lbs of Manati,
PR is 5-19.
Thomas Velasquez won a six-round unanimous decision over
Wilfredo Garriga in a lightweight bout.
Velasquez, 135 lbs of Philadelphia won on all cards by 58-56
scores, and is now 8-0. Garriga, 132.8 lbs of Juana Diaz, PR
Gregory Clark stopped Devin McMaster in the fourth and final
round of their middleweight bout.
Clark dropped McMaster in round two, and finished him off
with a flurry of punches at 1:28 of round four.
Clark, 157.4 lbs of Washington, DC is 2-1 with one knockout.
McMaster, 154.5 lbs of Allentown, PA is 1-1.
Hector Bayanilla and Jordan Peters rumbled to an
entertaining four-round draw in a super featherweight bout.
Bayanilla took a card 39-37, while two judges saw it even at
Bayanilla, 124.4 lbs of Allentown, PA is 1-0-1. Peters,
123.7 lbs of Washington, DC is also 1-0-1.
Tre'Sean Wiggins scored a five-round technical unanimous
decision over Naim Nelson after Nelson was cut over his
right eye by an accidental headbutt.
In round four, Nelson started to bleed from over his right
eye, and the fight was halted.
Wiggins, 142 lbs of Newburgh, NY won on all cards 50-45, and
is now 8-3. Nelson, 138.9 lbs of Philadelphia is 13-3.
Ryan Wilczak remained undefeated with a 2nd round stoppage
over Courtney McCleave in a scheduled four-round super
In round two, Wilczak landed a left hook that put McCleave
on the deck. McCleave was bleeding from his nose, and his
right eye closed severely. Wilczak dropped him for a 2nd
time at the end of the round and he could not beat the count
Wilczak, 160.5 lbs of Scranton, PA is 3-0 with 2 knockouts.
McCleave, 164.5 lbs of Concord, NC is 2-7.