News: Edner Cherry: Tony Grano; Henry Coyle; More

Former NABF and NABA lightweight champion Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry, 27-6-2 (15), is looking to continue his winning streak to four, as he steps back into the ring on June 4th, at the Ala Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Fl. Cherry will be taking on upset specialist and former NABA featherweight title holder Johnnie Edwards, 15-5 (8), in the twelve round main event. The bout will be for the NABO super featherweight title belt and will move the winner into contention for the WBO super featherweight title belt and a shot at current WBO super feather weight champion Ramon Martinez, 23-0-1 (14)..

Since dropping a decision to WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, Cherry has changed management and trainers, signing with TKO Boxing Promotions, and winning his last three bouts by stoppage. Cherry seems to have rejuvenated his love for the sport, along with the ferocity that first drew the world’s attention. Cherry is somewhat familiar with his June 4th opponent, both having fought on the same card in 2008 On the May 2008 card, Cherry stopped former lightweight world champion Stevie Johnston in the tenth round and in the co-main event, Edwards stopped former featherweight champion Freddie Norwood in the seventh.“Edwards is a great fighter and a really nice guy” said Cherry of his opponent, “But when the bell rings, it’s all business. We can hang out after the fight, but in between the ropes, it won’t be friendly! I have been training hard and having one of the best camps of my life!”

In his brief career, Johnnie Edwards has made a name for himself as an upset specialist defeating former champ Norwood twice, and winning the NABA featherweight title by defeating contender Angel Chacon in 2007. Edwards has been stopped only once in his career, suffering a first round stoppage by rising superstar Yuriorkis Gamboa in 2008.

Edner Cherry holds wins over the aforementioned Johnston, two over former Floyd Mayweather Jr. protégé Wes Ferguson, and handed featherweight contender Monty Meza Clay his first loss. Along his career Cherry has won several title belts to include the NABA and NABF lightweight titles, WBC USNBC lightweight title, WBC CABOFE lightweight title and the NBA Intercontinental lightweight title. In 2008, Cherry stepped into the ring against WBC light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, a fighter in most people’s pound for pound top ten, but lost a hard fought 12 round decision.

The June 4th fight will take place in Tampa’s Ala Carte Pavilion, a true showcase for boxing, having hosted many ESPN Friday Night Fights. The card is being presented by TKO Boxing Promotions. For ticket information call 404-787-7593, but hurry because the card is selling out quickly.

Popular heavyweight prospect Tony ‘TNT’ Grano ready to explode June 26

CES presents “Pride & Power” pro boxing card at Mohegan Sun

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 28, 2010) – Heavyweight prospect Tony “TNT” Grano has his timer set to explode Saturday night, June 26, when he headlines “Pride & Power,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), in the 10-round main event at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

The WBF All-Americas heavyweight champion, Grano (17-1-1, 13 KOs) – fighting out of Hartford – takes on Horace Ray “The Reeazon” Grant (15-2, 9 KOs) in the “Pride & Power” headliner.

“Grano is probably the most popular boxer in New England,” promoter Jimmy Burchfield said. “He has a growing legion of fans that support him whenever he fights. We’ve loaded this card with some of the best fighters in Connecticut like Mike Oliver, David Bauza and Chad Dawson’s older brother, Rick. Joe Smith, Jr. will be in action looking for his fifth first-round knockout in his fifth pro fight.”

Oliver, the reigning New England and EBA super bantamweight champion, faces former multiple title-holder Mauricio “Indio Boy” Pastrana (35-13-2, 23 KOs) in the co-feature. Oliver, another Hartford fighter, is rated No. 4 by the USBA. Pastrana has been world champion of the IBF, WBA, IBO, and IBA.

Long Island light heavyweight Smith (4-0, 4 KOs), a 2008 New York Gold Gloves Champion; Philadelphia welterweight (6-0, 2 KOs) Frankie Trader; Hartford middleweight Bauza (5-0, 3 KOs) and New Haven middleweight Dawson (1-0, 1 KO) are all slated to fight opponents to be determined in 4-round bouts.

Also on the undercard is Bridgeport (CT) super lightweight Carlos Hernandez (0-1) versus pro-debuting Jonathan Vasquez, of Fall River (MA), while another Springfield fighter, pro-debuting light heavyweight Jose Torres, faces Ahmad Mickens (1-0-1), from Stamford (CT).

Tickets for “Pride & Power,” priced at $40.00, $65.00 and $105.00, are available to purchase by calling CES (401.724.2253/2254), going online at or at the Mohegan Sun Box Office. Ticketmaster customers may log on to, call Ticketmaster’s national toll-free charge by phone (1.800.745.3000) or visit any Ticketmaster outlet.

For more information contact CES (401.724.2253/2254/ or Mohegan Sun ( Doors open at 6:00 PM/ET, first bout at 7:30 PM/ET.

Coyle: Pressure is for Tires!

Chicago via Ireland junior middleweight Henry Coyle, who fights in one of the main supporting bouts of tonight's "Quest for 50" boxing event at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, has had his share of tough opponents since his last fight.

Just 12 fights into his professional career and Coyle (10-2, 9 KOs) finds himself coming off a heartbreaking loss to Neil Sinclair for the Vacant Irish Light Middleweight Championship a year ago.

Since the setback, the "Western Warrior" has battled through serious injuries and nagging self-doubt in order to make his return against Virginia's Marcus Luck.

"Quest for 50" will be topped by former world champion Montell Griffin competing for his 50th professional victory against slick veteran Ross "The Boss" Thompson.

Coyle is wildly popular in his native country, especially around his home of Geesala near Belmullet, County Mayo, where songs are written and movies are shot about the former World Military Games Champion.

Henry, you were on crutches last time I saw you, how are you feeling?

I slipped on ice and tore the ligaments and tendons and it's been an absolute nightmare to get back. I still have to be careful with it. I went back a bit too soon and I was sparring and it gave out. So the next day I started a rehab program and physio and it's nearly back to where it was, but still not fully back. I did less running than ever before for this fight, but I've done lot of bag work.

You've had time to absorb the loss to Sinclair. What are your thoughts about that fight?

I can't change what happened. It happened. Losing is a hard pill to swallow. But I've asked myself why'd I lose? My heart was too big. If I had used my head, I would have won, but I went to war. The fight was stopped in the third and I swear to any God there is that fight shouldn't have been stopped. I could feel he was tiring. All I can do is fight him again before the end of the year.

Are you ready to go on Saturday?

I'm honored to be here in Chicago and looking forward to getting in there. I can't wait to get in and unleash and win. I want to get back in the week after if I can. I want to fight every three weeks for the whole summer. I'm dying to make weight, fight and then in three weeks, fight again. I need fights.

You're so enormously popular back home, do you feel any pressure to win world championships and never lose?

Pressure is for tires. My job is to go in and fight and win. That's all I gotta do. Perform, fight and win. That's just the way it is. It's an honor for me to be fighting on the same card as Montell. He's a true legend of the sport. I've never met a nicer guy involved in boxing. To think he was in the 92 Olympics and he's still going. It's a testament to his life. It's just an honor"

The high-class atmosphere and luxurious surroundings make the Horseshoe Casino a Las Vegas-style night of boxing just 20 minutes from Chicago. The Venue at the Horseshoe Casino is an intimate, comfortable room with luxurious, unobstructed seating throughout. The casino also offers a spectacular gaming area, free parking and a large selection of exquisite dining options.

In addition to Coyle's fight and the Montell Griffin vs. Ross Thompson main event, also slated for battle are Chicago welterweight Achour Esho (7-0, 5 KOs); Chicago middleweight Mike Kurzeja (3-0, 3 KOs); Chicago super middleweight Ninos Abraham (4-0, 1 KO); Chicago's undefeated cruiserweight Kevin Cestone (5-0, 2 KOs) and Chicago light welterweight Russell Fiore (3-0, 3 KOs).

In addition, comebacking Chicago-based former bantamweight and featherweight contender John Lewus (23-4, 19 KOs) will have his second fight in 12 years; and Rafael Murphy, son of former cruiserweight contender Kenny Murphy and nephew of former IBF Cruiserweight Champion Leroy Murphy, will make his professional debut.

"Quest for 50" tickets are on sale now, starting at a fan appreciation price of $10, and are still available at or For more event information, visit


Lausanne, Switzerland, May 28, 2010 - the World Series of Boxing (WSB), the new boxing championship set to debut in November, officially launches its new and improved website to the general public Friday, May 28, 2010.

With a new vision for the boxing world, WSB has set out to create an enhanced consumer-focused website. As of May 28, will begin showcasing its fresh, clean, and professional look and feel complete with added multimedia features. The website will provide boxing fans with the latest news and development, in addition to much more exclusive content in a user-friendly way thanks to improved navigation and clickable tabs. will also provide easy accessibility to all 12 franchise teams’ personalized web pages as they come online.

The Boxers section, once geared toward team executives and officials, will now cater specifically to the boxing fan. In particular, fans can see the full list of boxers available for the June 28-29 International Draft. As the teams take shape, a database will be implemented to offer boxer information, match schedules and ultimately a complete results service from the tournament.

A new interactive Fan Zone allows boxing fans to explore news on their favourite social media platforms and interact with like-minded boxing fans.

Article posted on 28.05.2010

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