Vicente Escobedo of Woodland was knocked down three times en route to a sixth-round knockout by Edner Cherry of Miami on Saturday night in a scheduled 10-round junior lightweight fight in Atlantic City, N.J., that may have the 2004 U.S. Olympian considering retirement.
The 31-year-old Escobedo, who lost in July by TKO to Adrien Broner for the World Boxing Organization junior lightweight championship, saw his record fall to 26-4 (15 knockouts).
Cherry, who could now be in line for a shot at the WBO junior lightweight title, won his seventh consecutive fight and improved to 31-6-2 (17 KOs).
Cherry knocked Escobedo down just before the end of the second round with a combination to the body and head. In the sixth round, Cherry connected on another combination to send Escobedo to the canvas. He barely beat the count. He was again knocked down at close of the round, but this time referee Allan Huggins stopped the fight as the bell rung and Escobedo was on his knees.
Hornets beat Longhorns
Sophomore Brennan Leitao allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings and the Hornets baseball team defeated host Texas, 5-3 in a nonconference game, Sacramento State reported.
The Hornets (1-1) scored five runs on 10 hits with one error while the Longhorns (1-1) had three runs on nine hits with two errors.
Leitao threw 60 of his 84 pitches for strikes. After giving up a run in the first inning, the Irvine native retired seven consecutive batters through the third and did not allow another run until the fifth.
Freshman Sutter McLoughlin (Rio Americano High School) earned the save in his first collegiate appearance.
Shortstop Evan Heptig had two doubles and four RBIs in UC Davis' 6-5 opening-game win, while visiting Washington (1-2) gained a split with a 3-2 win in the second game of the nonconference doubleheader, UC Davis reported. The Aggies fell to 2-1 after the nightcap loss.
Sac State softball splits
Sacramento State right-hander Caitlin Brooks threw all 11 innings, and Paige Martin had three hits and an RBI to highlight the Hornets' 6-3, 11- inning win over Saint Mary's in the first game of a softball doubleheader in Moraga, Sac State reported.
The Gaels (1-6) won the second game, 2-0, behind a three-hit shutout from pitcher Lujane Mussadi.
The Hornets (4-4) have had all of their games decided by three runs or less, and five have been decided by one run.
Bee Sports staff