Jerry Belmontes Not Accepting the “Opponent” Role



Philadelphia, PA-Edner Cherry is not the only boxer frustrated with his career progress. Jerry Belmontes, who takes on Cherry in a 10-round lightweight fight on Saturday evening, Oct. 18, at the 2300 Arena here, knows the feeling.

The Cherry-Belmontes fight, as well as the 10-round heavyweight main event between Steve “USS” Cunningham of Philadelphia, and Natu “The Truth” Visinia, of Lakewood, CA, tops a seven-bout card at the 1,200-seat building at 2300 South Swanson Street. NBCSN will televise both fights, beginning at 9 pm ET. The seven-bout card begins at 6:30 pm.

“Someone is trying to bring me in as an opponent to get my name on their resume so they can contend for a title,” Belmontes said. “Same script, just a different cast member this time.”

This will be Belmontes’ second trip to Philadelphia. Though he lost a 10-round decision the last time here in 2012 to Eric Hunter, Belmontes, of Corpus Christi, TX, is looking forward to coming back.

“Great feeling going back to Philly,” said Belmontes, who is19-5, 5 K0s. “A lot of love there…cannot wait to see my old Main Events (co-promoter) family.”

Belmontes is looking ahead, trying not to think what happened to him April 26 in Carson, CA, when he lost a disputed 12-roun decision to Omar Figueroa, of Weslaco, TX, for the WBC world lightweight title. He understands a win over world-rated Cherry (No.11 IBF, No. 17 WBC) will put him back in the mix.

“Respect to [Cherry] and his career but my back is against the wall yet again so I have to do what I have to do,” Belmontes said.

Cherry, 32, of Wauchula, FL, is 32-6-2, 17 K0s. He has not lost since 2008 when he dropped a 12-round decision to Timothy Bradley for the WBC junior welterweight title.

About October 18

The Oct. 18 edition of NBCSN Fight Nightwill take place at the 2300 Arena at 2300 Swanson Street in South Philadelphia. It features a 10-round fight between Steve “USS” Cunningham, of Philadelphia, and Natu “The Truth” Visinia, of Lakewood, CA. A 10-round junior lightweight contest between Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry, of Wauchula, FL, and Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes, of Corpus Christi, TX is the co-feature. Five additional fights open the show at 6PM. Tickets are $50 and $75 and are available by calling Peltz Boxing at (215) 765-0922 or at They also can be purchased at Wanamakers Tickets (215-568-2400). The card is presented by Main Events and Peltz Boxing in association with Final Forum Promotions and BAM Boxing. The NBCSN Fight Night telecast will begin at 9 PM ET. Doors open at 5 PM and the first fight will start at 6. The event is sponsored by Rocco’s Collision.



-oubobcat :

Belmontes has had his share of ups and downs the last 10 months. In December, he fought Francisco Vargas and fought him like he was the opponent and knew it. Vargas dominated and Belmontes career looked to be heading to that of a journeyman/resume builder. He then was brought in as the opponent against Will Tomlinson and shocked Tomlinson in pulling the upset. So he was brought back a month later off that win to face Omar Figueroa. In that fight, Belmontes was the opponent and this was supposed to be a mere showcase for Figueroa. Well Belmontes dominated Figueroa and I thought (along with many) easily deserved that decision. Though he didn't get the nod, his stock rose considerably and he was now thought to be out of the opponent role. So he faces Abner Cotto in August and really disappoints. Cotto beat Belmontes who for whatever reason went back into opponent mode. Now Belmontes is getting another crack against Edner Cherry. Cherry is Main Events fighter and not being put on tv to lose. Belmontes is now thought of as the opponent again in a showcase for his opposition. I have no idea what to expect from Belmontes but if the fights against Tomlinson and Figueroa have shown us anything we might get the Belmontes who when nothing is expected of him rises to the occasion.