Cherry wins close decision over Douglas, Fulton outpoints Rosario on FS1

Cherry wins close decision over Douglas, Fulton outpoints Rosario on FS1

April 5, 2017


Edner Cherry lands a left jab on Omar Douglas. Photo: Matthew Heasley/Premier Boxing Champions

Edner Cherry lands a left jab on Omar Douglas. Photo: Matthew Heasley/Premier Boxing Champions

BETHLEHEM, PA – Last night at the Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA Edner Cherry (36-7-2, 19 KOs) won a close unanimous decision victory over Omar Douglas (17-2, 12 KOs). The scores were 98-92, and 96-94 twice all for Cherry. 

The fight itself had many close rounds that could have been scored for either man depending on your preference. Some rounds were decided by single punches landed and looking at the judge's scorecards they may have given Cherry every single close round. Both men landed their fair share of big punches with Cherry landing his right hand known as the “Cherry Bomb” and Douglas landing the left hook in exchanges. 

Throughout the fight, Cherry was the aggressor as the man always coming forward. Douglas, however, did have success in the final rounds using movement to dictate the pace of the fight and began landing his jab. 

Cherry with the victory hopes to receive another title shot in the 130-pound division against any titleholder. It’s been a long road for Cherry as he waited seven years from his first title shot against Timothy Bradley in 2008 to his second shot at a title against Jose Pedraza in 2015. 

“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 fight. 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 significant fight.” – Edner Cherry

The main supporting fight on the undercard featured two undefeated junior featherweight prospects. Philadelphia’s Stephen Fulton (11-0, 5 KOs) was able to keep his undefeated record intact by winning a unanimous decision over Cidra, Puerto Rico’s Luis “Zurdo” Rosario (8-1-1, 7 KOs). The scores were 80-72, 79-73, and 78-74 all for Fulton. 

Fulton was able to keep his distance for most of the fight using movement to offset much of Rosario’s work in the fight. Rosario had taken an almost 15-month layoff from the boxing ring having last fought in January 2016. The lack of activity and ring rust may have been detrimental to Rosario as he waited on Fulton for too long during the match. 

Fulton was content to pot shot and throw one punch at a time. The Puerto Rican kept his hands up for much of the bout catching most of Fulton’s punches on the gloves. Rosario wasn’t active enough to win many rounds and in the future could utilize a jab to help cut off the ring on an opponent using movement. 

Rosario telegraphed the overhand left several times landing it at an inconsistent rate. It wasn’t until the final round that Rosario began to throw punches on the inside catching Fulton. 

Both men showed promise in the fight to improve in the future and would be wise to keep active to sharpen their skills. 

“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.” – Stephen Fulton
“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.” – Luis Rosario

(Feature Photo: Matthew Heasley/Premier Boxing Champions)

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