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Cherry Overpowers Martinez, Granados Flattens Guevara in Cicero!

by on Apr.15, 2012, under Boxing News

By Juan C. Ayllon
Photos by Belle Ayllon
Cherry (right) bounces a hard right off the chin of Martinez.

Cherry (right) bounces a hard right off the chin of Martinez.

CICERO, Ill., April 14, 2012 – It took all ten rounds to do it, but tonight, Wauchula, Florida’s Edner “The Cherry Bomb” Cherry (132 lbs., 29-6-2, 16 KO’s) overcame the guile and awkward punching of Chicago’s gutsy – and slippery – Juan Carlos Martinez, whose spotty record of 18-13-1 and four knockouts belies a penchant for tackling top flight competition nearly every time out.

Martinez, the local spoiler, receives loud cheers from the crowd (perhaps 1,000 strong, most of whom are working class Mexicans) upon entering the ring, while loud boos overwhelm scattered applause greeting Cherry. Clearly, Martinez is fit, but ordinary-looking and smaller, whereas Cherry’s upper body packs muscles that seem hewn from dark mahogany.

Cherry comes straight at Martinez in round one with a fast and hard left jab. As the two swap punches midway through the round, Cherry’s lands with louder authority. Martinez is throwing hard, though, timing and drilling his more powerful rival with a slashing right and ripping left to the midsection at rounds end.
Scowling, Martinez stays in the pocket and slugs with his larger – and stronger – opponent in the second. The crowd cheers his bravado. He’s more accurate with his punches and moves just enough to avoid most of Cherry’s heavier artillery. Cherry snaps his head back, but Martinez lands a smacking right hook and another. Ever feisty, Martinez is scoring more, but again Cherry is landing thudding single blows, like the right and occasional left to the body, with greater impact.

Martinez (right) fires a right at Cherry.

Martinez (right) fires a right at Cherry.

As the third stanza gets underway, Cherry digs to the body with three punches, but Martinez is raking him over and under with slashing, snappy punches. A left to jaw stuns Martinez. They trade along the ropes. Martinez is beating him to the punch, while Cherry’s thudding lefts and rights glance and mostly catch elbows, arms, neck and shoulders. Trading, a hard right bounces off Martinez’ chin, but is countered with a right and left.

Martinez cracks Cherry with a right and has him on the retreat.

Martinez cracks Cherry with a right and has him on the retreat.

The crowd shouts as Martinez ducks under a jab and cracks Sherry about the head with a series of punches in the fourth. He lands a loud, smacking shot to the head and sends Cherry back to the ropes with a follow up fusillade. Martinez is flat out out-boxing the heavy-handed favorite! A sweeping left knocks an off-balance Cherry back several steps. They crowd shrieks in delight. Martinez chases Cherry, who retreats to avoid the incoming, along the ropes. The matador is now chasing the bull, and the crowd loves it! Moments later, however, the bull turns and, slugging inside, explodes a right off Martinez’s head that has him holding. Reengaging, Martinez again draws cheers, as rallies to close out the round with a two-fisted flourish.

Martinez knocks an off-balance Cherry back with a sharp right.

Martinez knocks an off-balance Cherry back with a sharp right.

Early in round five, a crushing right slams high off Martinez’ skull – and nothing happens. Martinez returns the favor moments later. Shouts of “Martinez, Martinez!” resound from the throng. Stalking, Cherry caches a piece of Martinez’ head, and as they skirmish, he bounces another and yet another, as Martinez presses forward. A smacking left hook catches Cherry and a loud shout from the crowd, who are being entertained.

Cherry (right) grazes with a searing right to Martinez's skull.

Cherry (right) grazes with a searing right to Martinez's skull.

Cherry is landing the jab on Martinez’ face as the sixth gets underway. Stepping forward, slowly forward behind a high guard, he stalks his wily adversary while trying to stem the hemorrhaging of points. Martinez glances with a right that has more crowd appeal than pop. Cherry lands the jab and a shapr combination. A left hook sends Martinez stumbling back. Cherry bats Martinez’ head with a left-right-left that has him holding on at the bell.

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There is a clearly a sea change as the clang of the bell signaling the seventh round fades. Cherry is marching forward, landing with more authority.

“He’s tired!” someone shouts from ringside.

Martinez’ blows have lost their steam, while Cherry is landing thudding punches with increased frequency. A hard right sends the sweat flying from the head of Martinez. Chants of “Cherry, Cherry!” erupt. They trade along the ropes, but it is Cherry landing the concussive punches as the bell ends the round.

Cherry (right) and Martinez whale away.

Cherry (right) and Martinez whale away.

Sherry is now smiling as he jabs, his left hand low and the right cocked. He’s teetering forward in a herky-jerky motion, dipping his head forward, then back one moment, and milling his gloved fists another. Like a panther hunting dinner, he waits to pounce on an opening. They freeze for a moment and study one another. Martinez feints a right and Cherry just misses with a scorching right. Martinez slams his right glove into the chest of Cherry, who stumbles backwards. The crowd roars. It’s much ado about nothing. Cherry is stalking Martinez, who fires a quick flurry and gets cuffed along the top of his head as he ducks under. Martinez is caught flush with a hard right hook to the side of the head. A pair of lefts bounce off his jaw; a hard left, then a right slam into Martinez’ head. Martinez is getting run over. A hard right bounces of his jaw, the force of the blow sending a violent tremor down his lean body. Yet, he remains erect. Man, this Martinez is tough!

Cherry (left) drills Martinez with a left hook.

Cherry (left) drills Martinez with a left hook.

It’s now the tenth and final round. Martinez loops a wide right that lands jars with a loud smack upside Cherry’s head, but Cherry walks right through it and proceeds to batter him with both fists. Martinez ties up. The two land in spirited skirmishes, but it is Cherry’s that are landing with greater frequency and pop. Still, Martinez punches. He’s staying out of range more now, darting in to land and jumping back out to avoid the hurtful blows.

“Finish him now!” shouts his co-manager, Pat Doljanin. “Ender, finish the show! Take him out now!”

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A hard right catches Martinez, who clutches in desperation. Reengaging, Cherry nearly floors him with a right that crashes on his jaw and turns his chin toward the roof. Like a ragdoll in the jaws of a ravaging pit bull terrier, Martinez shudders under the savage blows. A couple land after the bell just as referee Pete Podgorski intervenes. Martinez shouts and, moments later, embraces Cherry.

Matinez anxiously awaits the decision as a photographer looks on.

Matinez anxiously awaits the decision as a photographer looks on.

Referee Pete Podgorski raises Cherry's hand in victory.

Referee Pete Podgorski raises Cherry's hand in victory.

Judges score the bout 99-91, 95-95 and 97-93 for the Cherry Bomb, who kneels in prayer and lifts a hand to heaven. Edner Cherry has won by majority decision.

Alonzo (left) and Russ trade blows in close.

Alonzo (left) and Russ trade blows in close.

In the broadcast co-main fight,  Springhill, Florida’s Jose Alonzo (162 lbs., 13-0, 7 KO’s) had a few moments as he bloodied the nose of Fayetteville, North Carolina’s Lamar Tyrell Russ (162 lbs., 9-0, 9 KO’s) , but ultimately succumbed to the blows of his more skilled foe.

It’s a long wait in the ring as both fighters wait for the telecast to begin. Alonzo kneels, praying with his elbows propped up on the ropes in a corner. He rises and bounces on his toes. Across the ring, Russ bounces and works some slow motion combinations to stay warm.

Ray Flores reminds people in the audience, “We’re going to go live in a few moments. Let’s make some noise!”

More delay. The fighters alternately kick out their feet and move around in small circles. The crowd is restless, whistling out and calling for action. Alonzo sits down in his corner for several minutes. He rises at the prompt that TV is picking up momentarily, shakes himself out, throws some slow motion combos, and does alternative heel kicks. Across the ring, Russ is shadow boxing.

It’s time. Flores introduces the show and fighters live, alternating between Spanish and English.

As round one gets underway, Russ’ jab darts out with the menace of a striking snake. Alonzo keeps his guard high. Russ steps back, jumps in with a jab and pulls back. Alonzo grazes with a left hook and moments later, fires two lefts and a right. He lands a pair of chopping rights, but it’s Russ that sends him caroming into a corner with his own right. Alonzo misses with a lunging right. They tap gloves at the bell.

Russ feels the sting of Alonzo's right.

Russ feels the sting of Alonzo's right.

Alonzo catches Russ with a lead right two seconds after the bell signals the start of round two. Infuriated, Russ pounces behind the serpentine jab and slashing rights. Fireworks erupt. Russ lands a chopping right down at a ducking Alonzo. They clinch. Placing his gloved thumb to one nostril, Russ blows blood from his nose. Russ appears more disciplined with the jab, while Alonzo’s efforts are cruder, clubbing shots.

A swing and a miss.

A swing and a miss.

Russ catches him with a hook but misses out on follow-up opportunities, as Alonzo skates out of the corner. Alonzo knocks Russ back into a corner with a hard left. The crowd cheers.

Russ is jabbing, lands some hard rights and has Alonzo holding on early in the third. He’s the aggressor now, jabbing and teeing off on his adversary In a corner. Alonzo hurts Russ and is warned when he fires after Podgorski steps between to part them from a clinch. They trade. Russ hurts him with two hard rights and unloads. Alonzo holds on for dear life. They are separated, but Alonzo grabs hold twice and, reengaging, he stumbles to the mat. Russ spears him with a right to the head and is grabbed in a bear hug. The bell ends with Russ protesting this octopus’s incessant holding.

Russ (right) hurts Alonzo on the ropes.

Russ (right) hurts Alonzo on the ropes.

“Stop the holding!” a ringsider yells, as Alonzo clinches yet again moments into the fourth. Swinging wildly, the crude slugger lunges forward and connects with a smacking left hook on the side of Russ’s face. A loud, collective “Ohhh” emits from the crowd. He doesn’t know it, but it’s his last moment. Surging forward, Russ drives him to the ropes and unloads. A hard right to the chin hurts Alonzo and another that crashes off the top of his cranium drops him to his hands and knees. He rises after several seconds. Looking into his eyes closely, referee Celestino Ruiz waves it off. Alonzo protests, but it’s no use. It’s over at 1:08 into the fourth round.

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Alonzo (left) is in big trouble.

Alonzo (left) is in big trouble.

Alonzo collapses.

Alonzo collapses.

Referee Celestino Ruiz counts over Alonzo.

Referee Celestino Ruiz counts over Alonzo.

Off camera, Cicero’s Adrian “El Tigre” Granados (139 lbs., 7-1-1, 3 KO’s) blasted out Grand Rapids, Michigan’s Ramon Guevara (139.5 lbs., 9-21-2, 6 KO’s) in two rounds.

Granados (right) bounces on his toes as Guevara pursues -- for the moment.

Granados (right) bounces on his toes as Guevara pursues -- for the moment.

Granados is circling and jabbing to kick off round one. He fires a right and, moments later, unloads. Guevara rips five blows to the body and is warned for a low punch by referee Celestino Ruiz. The two exchange. Granados ducks into a right hook that slams into his temple. It’s not fatal, and Granados rakes him up and down with left hooks to the ribs and rights to the head. Guevara rubs the blood from his nose and reengages. Swinging hard, he lands a few, but catches more. Granados is throwing faster and harder. Taking the lead, he pops Guevara’s head hard with lefts and rights.

Granados (right) attacks.

Granados (right) attacks.

Guevara (left) ties up to stem the attack.

Guevara (left) ties up to stem the attack.

Granados (right) attacks as referee Celestino Ruiz observes.

Granados (right) attacks as referee Celestino Ruiz observes.

Guevara charges out in the second firing hard. Granados counters and the two take turns slugging. Surging, Granados slams home several lefts and rights, forcing Guevara’s glove to touch the mat. Referee Ruiz issues a standing eight count. They resume. And as Guevara seeks to make a stand, Granados unloads a fusillade, dropping him hard on hands and knees with a left hook to the body. Celestino Ruiz counts him out at 58 seconds into round two.

Santiago (right) drills Smith with a hurtful right to the chin.

Santiago (right) drills Smith with a hurtful right to the chin.

Chicago’s Luis “Sito” Santiago (4-0, 1 KO) and Marlon Smith (2-1, 1 KO) pitched a rugged battle, with Santiago prevailing over six rounds.
The two didn’t waste time getting acquainted; Santiago and Smith took to slugging early on in round one. They traded on fairly even terms, with Smith landing a little harder, but Santiago blocking more and scoring more accurately to the head.

Smith banged hard to the body with both fists early in the second, but for the most part, caught arms and elbows. Suddenly, Santiago buckled his legs with a right to the head. A follow-up right snapped his head back. Another wobbled him. Smith staggered. His ebony face reddened, his eyes squinted as if looking through a fog. His steps were unsure. However, Santiago was unable to capitalize, as he was gassed for the moment.

Santiago leaned back on the ropes as Smith slugged. Santiago blocked most and weathered the rest, firing sharp counters in spots. Smith ripped two very hard hooks to the ribs that pained and appeared to sap the energy from Santiago near the bell.

Smith (left) batters Santiago along the ropes as referee Pete Podgorski looks on.

Smith (left) batters Santiago along the ropes as referee Pete Podgorski looks on.

Trading, Santiago wobbled Smith with a left in the third. He upped his attack when, suddenly, a huge left crashed off his jaw. Santiago’s upper body fell forward, but he righted himself immediately. A thudding right knocked him to the ropes. However, Santiago regrouped, fired back, and the two took turns at the lead. Pressing, Smith punched Santiago into the ropes, where the two slugged back and forth.

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Smith jabs him to the ropes in the fourth, but is caught with a right to the head. Smith is punching more, but is landing cleanly less. Bleeding from a cut over his left eye, Santiago clears the ropes and ducks, and ands the more telling blows A left knocks Smith back, and a right steadies him. Smith surges forward with both fists but is having his head snapped hither and to.

A right snaps Smiths head back and sends him to the ropes early in the fifth. Smith is fighting back hard, but has his head bobbled every 15, 30 seconds or so with punishing lefts and rights. Smith bounces some blows off Santiago’s head, and lands a larruping left to the ribs. He’s pouring on the punches, but again, many are blocked.

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Blood drips from a two inch gash over Santiago’s left eye as he trades with his harder hitting adversary at the begining of the sixth and final round.  The crowd breaks out in chants of “Sito! Sito! Sito!” Exhausted, the two slug in close. Again, Smith appears to edge in output, but Santiago is landing cleaner blows to the head. Judges score the bout 57-57, 58-56, 58-56 for a majority decision win for Luis Santiago.

Oritz (foreground) punishes Santos on the ropes.

Oritz (foreground) punishes Santos on the ropes.

Mayaquez, Puerto Rico’s Joseph Santos (119.5 lbs., 0-1) tried, but he came up woefully short vs. Sterling, Illinois’ Adan Ortiz (118 lbs.,0-1), who halted in the first round.

Ortiz (right) overwhelms Santos.

Ortiz (right) overwhelms Santos.

It doesn’t take long for the crowd to get into it, as moments into round one Ortiz rips the body with a loud, smacking right. Santos fires back with a fury. Trading blows, Ortiz hurts Santos, who paws at his nose. Perhaps he broke his nose? Santos gathers himself and fires back, but it’s no use. Ortiz has him reeling under a barrage of punches and drops him with a crushing right. Trainer George Hernandez steps up on the apron and waves a towel. It’s over at 1:13 into round one, as referee Celestino Ruiz halts the bout.

Santos (left) is eating serious leather.

Santos (left) is eating serious leather.

It's down and out for Santos!

It's down and out for Santos!

Chicago’s Dimar Ortiz (194 lbs., 3-0, 3 KO’s)won a frustrating match versus fleet footed Euclid, Ohio’s Ryashawn LaValle Myers (192.5 lbs., 4-12, 3 KO’s) over four rounds.

In round one, Ortuz is stalking, Myers circling. Meyers lands a left right. Ortuz misses with a right, Myers just misses with a straight left. Suddenly, a hard straight left catches Ortuz flush. The crowd cheers. Ortuz ties up. Myers winds up for another left as the bell ends.

Myers (left) and Ortuz tie up.

Myers (left) and Ortuz tie up.

Ortuz misses with a wild right as round two begins. Myers clips him with a straight left. In close, Ortuz lands a chopping right. The fight is getting sloppy as Ortuz loads up and throws ponderous punches.

He scores with short, clubbing rights. Myers escapes, then grabs. Myers lands a short chopping left in close and grabs as Ortuz seeks to punish him. He’s warned by referee Pete Podgorski for his excessive holding. He literally runs away with Ortuz in pursuit. Oruz bounces a hard ramrod jab followed by a right moments before the bell.

Tied up in the third, the two take single shots behind the head. AS Ortuz holds, Myers slams a left into his back. Resuming action, Ortuz eats a straight left and bounces a hard right of his own off Myer’s skull. He lands a series of lefts and rights and his shoved hard to the ropes by Myers. Myers is warned. The fight resumes. Ortuz is abusing him in close with clubbing lefts and rights as Myers holds on.

Ortuz (right) slugs away at Myers.

Ortuz (right) slugs away at Myers.

Myers is back in a right handed stance, circling, jabbing in the fourth. Ortuz lands a hard jab. Myers ties up. Myers sucker punches with the right as the two separated. He mocks, holding his arms out and invites Ortuz to get some. Myers ducks and avoids some incoming. Ortuz presses. Myers dances like Ali and even bears a slight resemblance to him, with his light brown skin, white trunks and shoes, except he’s hardly punching. Ortuz chases, throws some rights and lefts. The bell concludes the bout.

Ortuz wins a unanimous decision by scores of 39-37 and 40-36 twice.

Afterwards, Podgorski says, “I almost took a point away from [Myers].” However, he didn’t in the end, letting him off with a warning.

Co-manager Albert Falcon seen here hoisting Edner Cherry into the air.

Co-manager Albert Falcon seen here hoisting Edner Cherry into the air.

Edner Cherry poses for our camera, with his co-manager, Pat Doljanin, off to the left in the background.

Edner Cherry poses for our camera, with his co-manager, Pat Doljanin, off to the left in the background.

Belle Ayllon at Juan Ayllon's ringside seat.

Belle Ayllon at Juan Ayllon's ringside seat.

Publicist Bernie Bahrmasel with former IBF Super Bantamweight and two time WBC Super Bantamweight title holder Israel Vazquez, who was commentating on the Solo Boxeo Tecate broadcast from ringside.

Publicist Bernie Bahrmasel with former IBF Super Bantamweight and two time WBC Super Bantamweight title holder Israel Vazquez, who was commentating on the Solo Boxeo Tecate broadcast from ringside.

Promoter: 8 Count Productions

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