News: Cherry-Peterson Cancelled; Carlos Rivera; Al Bernstein

The Edner Cherry vs Anthony Peterson fight that was scheduled to take place on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto vs. Mike Jennings fight, has been cancelled due to a knee injury by Anthony Peterson. WBC USNBC lightweight title holder Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (24-6, 12 KO’s) was scheduled to step back into the ring at Madison Square Garden, on February 21st against lightweight contender Anthony Peterson (28-0, 19KO’s)..

Cherry last fought in September, losing a world title bid against WBC light welterweight title holder Timothy Bradley. Cherry will take about a week off and then resume his training, so he can step up to the next challenge. Cherry said he is very disappointed in the cancellation, but it will give him more time to spend with his wife and children, with whom he is very close.

Edner Cherry will address the cancellation as a guest of “Talking Boxing with Billy C” show on February 17th at 7:00am EST. This show will be broadcast nationwide on www.talkingboxing.com

Rivera Decisions Edwards; Gibbs Stops Sanders in Tampa!

Tampa, Florida – Featherweight prospect Carlos Rivera 15-3-2 (5 KO’s) earned the biggest victory of his career this past Friday as he scored an eight round unanimous decision over rugged contender Johnnie Edwards 14-4-1 (8 KO’s). The two clashed heads on multiple occasions, which caused Rivera to bleed heavily from his mouth in the second. The blood only sparked a fire within Rivera, who boxed excellently while taking Edwards’ best shots during the rest of the contest. Scores were 78-73 and 77-74 twice for Rivera, who resides in Port Richey, Florida.




In the co-feature, Middleweight rising star Ashandi “Mr. Brixx” Gibbs 10-0 (4 KO’s) scored a highlight reel knockout against Mark Sanders 3-2-1 (2 KO’s). Sanders, who hails from Lithonia, Georgia, had an excellent opening round where he boxed effectively and had the pro Gibbs crowd momentarily quiet. A revitalized Gibbs got back on track in the second and landed numerous big shots. Gibbs closed the show in the third as the St. Petersburg native landed a monster right uppercut that laid Sanders out cold.

Tampa Featherweight Charlie Serrano improved to 7-2 (2 KO’s) following a competitive four round decision over rugged challenger Adrian Perez 4-2-1 (1 KO) of Sarasota, Florida. Serrano got off to a fast start by sending Perez to the canvas in the opening round and hurting him again in the second. The game Perez dug deep and landed some heavy punches in rounds three and four. Serrano’s knockdown ultimately turned out to be the difference as all three judges scored the bout 38-37 for Serrano.

Light Heavyweight Adam Hubinger successfully returned following 3 ½ years of inactivity to pound out a hard fought six round decision over tough veteran Terrance Smith 5-9-2 (3 KO’s) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Hubinger from Tampa by way of the Czech Republic improves to 12-0 (10 KO’s). Scores were 58-56 on all three cards.

Dillett Fredrick of Fort Myers, Florida stopped Laquel Fleming in the opening stanza of their four round Junior Welterweight contest. Fredrick, 6-2-3 (3 KO’s) almost immediately overwhelmed Fleming and earned the stoppage following a barrage of unanswered punches. With the loss, Fleming returns home to Ocean Springs, Mississippi with a 1-2-2 record.

The card took place at the A La Carte Event Pavilion and was promoted by Starfight Productions. Starfight Productions is based out of Tampa, Florida and is operated by Aaron Jacobs, Shea Bailey, Pete Fernandez, Mike Asmer, and Randy Feldman.

The next card will take place March 27 and will once again be at the beautiful A La Carte Event Pavilion.

AL BERNSTEIN REUNITES WITH FORMER PARTNER

When Al Bernstein serves as analyst on the pay per view telecast of the February 21st Miguel Cotto-Micheal Jennings welterweight title card, he will reunite with former ESPN Sportscenter partner Charley Steiner.

Steiner, now the play by play voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be ringside calling the action with Al. They were teamed on coverage of all the major boxing matches for Sportscenter on ESPN for almost 15 years, including upsets like George Foreman over Michael Moorer and Evander Holyfield over Mike Tyson, and many major fights like Oscar De La Hoya vs. Felix Trinidad.

“It will be fun to work with Charley again. We have some great memories of covering the most important matches of the last couple of decades. And, working with him at Madison Square Garden makes it even more special,” Bernstein said. He added,” This match is an important one for Miguel Cotto coming off his loss to Antonio Margarito, and Michael Jennings is a good fighter and more than a live underdog in this match.”

A preview of the Cotto-Jennings match and the Kelly Pavlik-Marco Antonio Rubio middleweight title match on this pay per view card can be found at the Al Bernstein Boxing Channel (ABBC) at www.ibnsports.com. Al offers a comprehensive preview of these fights, including his keys to victory.

The Top Rank pay per view telecast begins at 9 p.m. eastern standard time in the United States. Check local cable

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