Escobedo fights today with hopes of earning a title shot

Published: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 7C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 - 8:14 am

Woodland native Vicente Escobedo (26-4, 15 knockouts) will fight Edner Cherry (30-6-2, 16 KOs) of Miami today in Atlantic City, N.J., hoping for an impressive enough performance to get another shot at the World Boxing Organization junior lightweight championship.

The scheduled 10-rounder is on the undercard of the Adrien Broner-Gavin Rees World Boxing Council lightweight championship at Boardwalk Hall.

The title fight and a co-main event will be televised by HBO, tape-delayed at 10:30 p.m. Escobedo's fight will not be televised.

Escobedo, 31, last fought in July, losing on a fifth-round TKO to Broner in Cincinnati. That fight was for the vacant WBO junior lightweight title Broner had to forfeit hours before the fight because he failed to make weight.

"I want people to know that I'm still here and I'm still fighting for that title," Escobedo said Friday by phone. "I lost to the best against Broner, and there was no shame in that. It's not what you did in the past, it's what you do after a tough fight."

Cherry, 30, has won six consecutive junior lightweight fights.

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