Edner Cherry and Demetrius Hopkins were winners on the Broner-Rees undercard tonight in Atlantic City, along with 2012 Olympians Rau'Shee Warren and Jamel Herring, and Cincinnati's Robert Easter.
Cherry (31-6-2, 17 KO) stopped Escobedo in the sixth round, on the third knockdown of the fight and second of the frame. Escobedo (26-5, 15 KO) also went down early in the bout, and this loss really takes him out of the equation at 130 pounds. Losing to an oversized Adrien Broner last year was one thing, but this is a much more significant letdown for the California fighter. At 31, Escobedo probably would have become a serious contender by now if he was going to do so. It hasn't happened.
Demetrius Hopkins (33-2-1, 13 KO) also won, beating Charles Whittaker when the 39-year-old veteran's corner stopped the fight after six lousy rounds that had the AC crowd jeering consistently, with the official reason that Whittaker (39-14-2, 23 KO) couldn't see. Hopkins scored a knockdown in the fourth round, but never really came close to finishing the fight, though he was able to dominate mostly with his jab.
Warren (3-0, 1 KO) scored the first stoppage win of his young pro career, beating Richard Hernandez, who fell to 0-6. Herring (2-0, 1 KO) beat Carlos Lopez in three, and Broner's pal Easter improved to 3-0 (3 KO).
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