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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Escobedo vs. Cherry 5/12 in Woodland Pending Medicals

By Ryan Maquiñana

Escobedo (left) will likely face Cherry on May 12. (Ethan Miller, Justin Stone)

Sources have advised that pending medical approval, Edner Cherry is slated to make an immediate return on May 12 to face junior lightweight contender Vicente Escobedo in the main event for TeleFutura’s Solo Boxeo in Woodland, Calif.

Cherry (30-6-1, 16 KOs), from Wauchula, Fla., via Nassau, Bahamas, escaped with a majority decision over Juan Carlos Martinez in last Saturday’s Solo Boxeo headiner. He is meeting with a doctor today to be examined.

Meanwhile, Escobedo (25-3, 15 KOs) will come back to his hometown for the second straight time. In March, the longtime lightweight turned 130-pounder decked Lonnie Smith three times in the first round en route to an emphatic stoppage win, also on Solo Boxeo.

The bout, for a regional title, took place in front of a packed house at the Woodland Community Center, the same site for the May 12 affair.

Originally, Escobedo had been tabbed as the prime candidate to fight WBO junior lightweight titlist Adrien Broner. However, multiple sources have informed BoxingScene that Golden Boy has instead projected that matchup to occur in the late summer or early fall.

In other news pertaining to May 12, junior featherweight Manuel “Tino” Avila (7-0, 2 KOs), who was scheduled to fight in the co-feature, has reportedly injured his back in a car accident and is now off the card.

Ryan Maquiñana writes a weekly column for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area ( He’s also a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazine’s Ratings Panel. E-mail him at, check out his blog at or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28. 


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