Cherry bombs out Herrera
Ringside by Ryan Macalua
Photos by Scott Foster
The Triple-Header in Tampa promoted by TKO Productions and Fight Night Productions proved to be a highly successful event Friday night at the A La Carte Pavilion. In front of a sold out crowd, hometown favorites Edner “The Bomb” Cherry (26-6-2, 14 KOs), Lenroy “TNT” Thomas (15-1, 8 KOs) and Jenna “The Cowgirl” Shiver (10-4-1, 2 KOs) racked up impressive victories.
Among the fighters, none stood out more than Edner Cherry (26-6-2, 14 KOs) who wasted no time in annihilating his opponent Hevinson Herrera (14-5-2, 9 KOs).
From the opening sound of the bell, Cherry jumped on Herrera and used left and right hand straight punches to back his opponent up. The game Herrera seemed to be taking the punches well until one shot right through the gloves of Herrera that immediately sent him to the ropes. The Wachula native Cherry immediately followed up with a barrage of punches that left Herrera on the defenseless and prompted the referee to halt the bout. The time in the first round was 1:49 as Cherry easily won by TKO.
This now marks the second victory since Cherry lost to Timothy Bradley (25-0, 11 KOs) back in 2008. Although, one can truly debate that Cherry is back and looks to be on a vengeance, he definitely performed in stunning fashion this night.
Thomas escapes Fonseca
In the co-main event, Lenroy “TNT” Thomas (15-1, 8 KOs) escaped via a controversial majority decision vote against Homero Fonseca.
Fonseca stocked Lenroy early on throwing vicious haymakers and occasionally landing. Thomas then used his boxing skills and ring generalship to outbox Fonseca. Thomas used a stiff right jab to keep Fonseca at bay. The more aggressive Fonseca hounded Thomas as he constantly unleashed right and left hooks that seemed not to get past Thomas’s stiff defense.
Throughout the middle rounds Fonseca continued to let go of hands hoping to land the perfect shot as Thomas chose to be smart and use the ring. In round six Fonseca finally landed some fierce haymakers while Thomas was on the ropes but unfortunately was unable to put Thomas down.
Despite the dismay of the crowd the judges saw the bout as a majority decision for Lenroy Thomas. Scores were 58-56, 58-56, and 57-57.
Shiver outboxes Dance
Hometown favorite Jenna “The Cowgirl” Shiver (10-4-1, 2 KOs) once again proved that her popularity in Tampa was no hype. Shiver established her role early as she aggressively bullied Caitlin Dance (2-7, 1 KO) at will.
Shiver outboxed Dance and landed the cleaner and more effective blows to cruise to a unanimous decision victory. Scores were all 60-54 for Shiver.
Shiver then addressed her fans, “We’re going to take it up all the way to the top and bring it back home.”
King defeats Gibbs
Ibraheim King (7-1, 2 KOs) defeated Ashandi Gibbs (10-2, 4 KOs) in a six round feature. King landed the strong punches early and connected with a left uppercut in round two that almost sent Gibbs down.
The game Gibbs continued to fight but never seemed to regain his composure. King then took advantage of Gibbs, landing at will during the middle rounds. At the end of round six King landed a sharp left hook to Gibbs dome that put him on the wobbly again. Fortunately for Gibbs the bell sounded as King cruised to a unanimous decision.
The scores were 59-55 all for King.
Joseph Elegele (4-0, 2 KOs) impressively took out Jaime Cid (1-1) in round one. Elegele connected with a left straight punch to put Cid down in round one. Cid then made the count but unfortunately for him Elegele quickly followed up with a swift left uppercut that knocked Cid back to the ropes. The towel was then thrown in by Cid’s corner. The time of the TKO stoppage was at 2:32 in the first round.
Joe Savatore (1-0, 1 KO) made quick work out of Winfred Bailey (0-1) landing a left hook that caused Bailey to turn his back. Bailey then turned to the referee and could not continue. The bout was stopped at 1:00 into the first round. TKO for Salvatore.
Robert Rodriguez (2-0 ) used his speed to outbox Manuel Ortega (1-2). Rodriguez used an effective counter right hook to beat Ortega to the punch and then landed effective combinations. The scores were 40-36 unanimously to Robert Rodriguez.
In a four rounder, the more aggressive Ali Tareh (8-7-4, 4 KOs) landed the more stronger and cleaner blows against his taller opponent Darnell Jones (2-4, 1 KO). Tareh stocked his opponent over rounds to win the fight by unanimous decision. Scores were all 39-37 for Tareh.
In attendance at this exciting event were no other than the still active boxing legend Hector “Macho” Camacho (79-5-3, 38 KOs) and the current IBF Light Welterweight Holder Juan “Iron Twin” Urango (22-2-1, 17 KOs) who is scheduled to face Devon Alexander (19-0, 12 KOs) on March 6 in a highly anticipated unification bout.