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Luis Del Valle - Christopher Martin on 4/27; Cherry-Martinez on Saturday

April 10, 2012 - Luis "Orlandito" del Valle (15-0, 11KO's) has championship blood running through his veins. In 1992, his cousin, Rafael del Valle, traveled to England and defeated local champion Duke McKenzie in the first round, becoming the WBO bantamweight World Champion.

"Orlandito is making a really good impression in boxing. His team is doing a great job by giving him more experience at each fight. When time comes for a world title shot, Orlandito will be more than ready. He has the talent to do so, and more important, he always listens," says Rafael del Valle.

For "Orlandito", his family is the most important thing, and this is especially true when it comes to his cousin. On Friday, April 27, in Miami, Oklahoma, and as part of the "ShoBox: The New Generation" series, the undefeated Boricua will take on another tough test, en route to continue this legacy.

"It's an honor and, at the same time, a huge motivation to come from a family that already has a World Champion. On April 27, I will be ready to defend my family's legacy and mark the beginning of the new generation," said the young prospect, who last year outclassed Vietnamese fighter Dat Nguyen (17-2) by unanimous decision in New York on the Eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade.

This will be the most important fight of Del Valle's career, co-featuring the event against Christopher Martin (23-1-3, 6KO's), who has already beaten several top prospects like Chris Avalos and Eduardo Arcos. Martin also had a controversial draw with undefeated boxer Teon Kennedy.

"I need to show everybody where I stand in this sport and Martin's experience will help develop myself as a boxer," said Orlandito.

Del Valle began his professional career at the featherweight (126lbs) division where he was ranked #4 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and #8 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO). Currently, Del Valle is campaigning at super bantamweight (122lbs).

The 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games gold medalist and WBC Youth super featherweight World Champion, José "Sniper" Pedraza (7-0, 6 KO's) will be opening the broadcast at 11:00pm (ET) with a bout set for eight rounds against Gil García (5-1-1, 2KO's) from Texas.

The boxing card, which is promoted by Dibella Entertainment, will be held at the Buffalo Run Casino, and will feature the main event fight between current IBO super middleweight champion Thomas Oosthuizen (18-0, 13 KO's) and Marcus Johnson (23-1, 12 KO's).

Pedraza and Del Valle are members of "Team Puerto Rico", a collaboration of fighters between Gary Shaw Productions, Dibella Entertainment, Universal Promotions and Warriors Boxing made with the goal of gathering the best of Puerto Rico's boxing talents.

For tickets you may contact DiBella Entertainment: (212) 947-2577 and/or www.dbe1.com.

For more information about Team Puerto Rico Boxing, you may visit www.teampuertoricoboxing.com.
Team Puerto Rico..........the new wave, making a splash.....

Edner Cherry vs. Juan Carlos Martinez on Saturday night

CHICAGO, IL (April 10, 2012) Former world title challenger Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry returns to Chicago this Saturday night, April 14th in the ten round main event against Juan Carlos “EL Pez” Martinez at Cicero Stadium.

Presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions and Warriors Boxing, the junior lightweight clash will be broadcast LIVE across North America on Solo Boxeo Tecate.

The 29-year-old Cherry, training in Florida under the watchful eye of heralded trainer Tony Morgan, brings a record of 29-6-2 (16KO’s) into battle. The native of the Bahamas made his Chicago debut on February 24th besting crafty Puerto Rican southpaw Guillermo Sanchez over eight rounds despite suffering a first round knockdown.

Speaking about his fight against Sanchez, Cherry stated, “He caught me with a solid punch in the first round. I wasn’t so much hurt as surprised but got up and went right back to work” winning by scores of 77-74 and 76-75 (twice).

“I’m glad to be back in the ring so quickly, I had been off for a while before the Sanchez fight and needed to shake off some ring rust. Southpaws are always more difficult so I’m glad that I’m facing an orthodox fighter like myself this time.”

Against Martinez, 19-13-1 (7KO’s), Cherry will be facing a native of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, who has traveled to Chicago five times with four wins and one draw, including two victories over then highly heralded prospect Jaime Sandoval.

In his last outing in Chicago in September 2009, the popular Martinez won a ten round unanimous decision over Chicago fan favorite and longtime contender Jose Hernandez.

Martinez also holds a win over former world title challenger Bernabe Concepcion in Las Vegas, taking an eight round decision on May 6, 2011.

However Martinez’s accolades did not impress Cherry. “The ring rust is off, I’ve had a terrific camp and I’m ready to get this win and step up to the next one.”

Advance tickets, priced at $30, $50, $75 and $100; for SOLO BOXEO TECATE can be purchased through the 8 Count Productions’ office by calling 312-226-5800. Cicero Stadium is located at 1909 S. Laramie; doors on the night of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm.

8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1998 and has consistently presented the highest quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland.

Fighters currently under the 8 Count Productions banner include; former world title challenger Edner Cherry, super middleweight contender Donovan George, world ranked light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara, middleweight prospect Viktor Polyakov, junior welterweight prospects Ivan Popoca and Adrian Granados along with welterweights Achour Esho and Jaime Herrera.

For more information on 8 Count Productions please visit their new website, www.8countproductions.com. Follow them on Twitter at 8_Count and Facebook at “8 Count Productions”.

For further information about the UIC Pavilion please visit their website at www.uicpavilion.com. The UIC Pavilion is now serving alcohol at all boxing event.

Article posted on 11.04.2012



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