Veteran title contender Edner Cherry takes on once-beaten Lydell Rhodes in a 10-round showdown.
Tuesday June 28, 2016— Edner Cherry vs. Lydell Rhodes serves as the main event of another edition of Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays on Fox Sports 1 (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT). Also featured will be a 10-round battle between undefeated 130-pound sluggers Omar “Super O” Douglas (16-0, 11 KOs) of Wilmington, Delaware, and Cuba native Alexei Collado (19-1, 17 KOs).
There are many ways to put together a thrilling boxing match. One that’s often overlooked: Match two talented fighters who are desperate to rebound from stinging defeats—and desperate to avoid losing back-to-back fights for the first time in their careers.
Such is the scenario that Edner Cherry (34-7, 19 KOs) and Lydell Rhodes (23-1-1, 11 KOs) find themselves as they prepare to square off June 28 in a scheduled 10-round bout from the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Cherry, 33, carried a 10-fight winning streak (including seven KOs) into his 130-pound world title fight against Jose Pedraza on October 3, then took the defending champion the full 12 rounds before dropping a split decision. It was Cherry’s first defeat in more than seven years and just his third loss in 18 fights going back to May 2005.
In Rhodes, the Bahamas-born, Florida-based Cherry will be facing a 28-year-old opponent who found his way into the squared circle after a career as a mixed martial arts fighter. Rhodes—who was born in Spencer, Oklahoma, but now makes his home in Las Vegas—won his first 23 boxing matches over a 3½-year stretch.
However, after fighting Jared Robinson to an eight-round split draw last June, Rhodes ran up against hard-hitting Russian contender Sergey Lipinets in October, losing a 10-round unanimous decision.
Douglas, 25, is returning to action for the first time since December 29, when he earned a narrow majority decision over Frank De Alba in a Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays clash, also at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center.
Collado, who was born in Cuba and lives in Miami, is coming off a second-round stoppage of Geyci Lorenzo on February 20 in the Dominican Republic. That was the 28-year-old’s first fight in 22 months, following a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Rod Salka in April 2014.
Edner Cherry vs. Lydell Rhodes Quick Stats:
- Edner Cherry 34-7-2
- Lydell Rhodes 23-1-1
KOs (KO %):
- Edner Cherry 19 (43%)
- Lydell Rhodes 11 (44%)
- Edner Cherry 131.7 lbs (59.86 kg)
- Lydell Rhodes 132.9 lbs (60.41 kg)
- Edner Cherry 5’8″ (1.73 m)
- Lydell Rhodes 5’4½” (1.64 m)
- Edner Cherry 69″ (175 cm)
- Lydell Rhodes 71″ (180 cm)
- Edner Cherry Orthodox
- Lydell Rhodes Orthodox
- Edner Cherry 33
- Lydell Rhodes 28
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