BY: Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Antoine Douglas remained undefeated and simply dominated and overwhelmed Thomas Lamanna, earning a sixth-round TKO and in the process claiming the vacant WBA Fedelatin middleweight title in the main event at The Space at Westbury in New York as part of Showtime’s Showbox The Next Generation card.
Douglas (17-0, 11ko’s) set the tone early on as he came straight forward, pressing the action all night. It was evident from the start that his hand speed was going to be the difference in this one.
Douglas ignored a feeling out process and was quick to set the pace against the game Lamanna, as he established a solid jab and was able to mix in some very good combinations.
Lamanna (16-1, 7ko’s) looked very uncomfortable from the opening bell as he never got his jab off, and was pedaling backwards most of the night.
In round four, Douglas really started to use a very diverse attack of uppercuts and jabs that paved the way for the stoppage in the six round.
Douglas caught Lamanna with some good shots in the six round, but the first ruled knockdown seemed a bit odd, as the punch did not seem to land, but Lamanna’s knee did touch the canvas.
He took a very quick knee, more or less to regroup. The second knockdown was also bizarre, because Lamanna delivered his best shot of the night, knocking Douglas’ mouthpiece out in the process.
However, Douglas still finished through the punch and knocked down the native of Millville, N.J. again.
Moments later, Douglas would land a chopping right hand to the side of Lamanna’s head. He seemed more stunned then hurt, but referee Harvey Dock waved off the fight.
Lamanna seemed visibly angry and frustrated but the bout up until that point was not very competitive and Lamanna had already hit the canvas three times.
Prior to the fight, Lamanna went on record saying Douglas would not beat him, but in defeat gave credit to his opponent.
“He’s a good fighter, fast and strong. He’s everything I thought he would be. It was a learning experience for me,” said Lamanna, who showed a ton of heart during the fight and class afterwards. “He caught me with a good shot. The first knockdown wasn‘t a knockdown. The last one, I was off balance, but he caught me with a good shot. He was the better man tonight.”
The difference in the fight was the speed of Douglas, who was more active and accurate, throwing 127 total punches to Lamanna’s 73.
“I put the work in at the gym and that made it easy. It took me longer than I thought it would, but I got the job done,” said Douglas.
The co-main event featured Ismael Barroso (17-0, 16 KOs) winning by TKO in the fifth round against a tough and game Issouf Kinda (17-3, 7 KOs) to capture the vacant WBO/NABO lightweight title and interim NABA lightweight title.
Both boxers threw hard combos with their long reach, but Barroso showed more power and dropped his opponent in the fifth by a strong left hook.
As Kinda returned to his corner for the sixth round, he seemed concerned about his vision and told the ringside doctor that he could not see anymore. Credit the doctor for listening and doing his job, as he halted the fight because Kinda was not able to continue.
In other action, middleweight Jerry “The King’s Son” Odom (13-1 12ko’s) made quick work of Andrew Hernandez by stopping him in the first round with an onslaught of punches. Odom came out firing and had Hernandez up against the ropes, ripping off some tremendous head shots.
With Hernandez (8-1-1, 1ko) not punching back, Dock stepped in and waved the fight off much to the amazement of Hernandez, who felt it was an early stoppage.
The official time was 2:47 of the opening round as Odom revenged the only loss of his career with the quick stoppage.
When they first met to kick off the year, Odom was controversially disqualified when he was ruled to have hit Hernandez while he was down following a knockdown. Prior to that, Odom was simply breaking Hernandez, who is a solid prospect.
However, it seemed inevitable Odom was going to stop him and he did just that on Friday night.
In other action, undefeated super bantamweight Adam “Mantequilla” Lopez looked sharp as he punished another rising prospect Pablo “El Zankudo Letal” Cruz in a match-up of Lone Star State fighters with a second-round TKO.
Lopez (10-0, 5ko’s) unleashed a strong left hook that kept Lopez down on the canvas at 1:42 of the round.
“Well I hurt my left hand in the first round, so I was thinking to myself I am in for a long night,” he told JMB on Saturday. “So I was just going to go for broke because that was my only option.”
It worked as he earned his fifth KO in ten pro fights, while Lopez hit the canvas for the first time in his career.
“I’m just happy I got the knockout when I needed it most. And happy I got it in my GH3 and Showbox debut,” Lopez added.
Rest of the results from Friday are as followed.
Tommy “The Razor” Rainone (23-6-1, 5ko’s) scored a sixth-round TKO win over Allen Litzau in a welterweight clash. Litzau (14-9, 7ko’s) has now dropped six of seven with four coming by way of knockout.
Rich Neves got outworked by Joshua Marks over six rounds losing a unanimous decision. Neves (8-2-1, 4ko’s) had won two straight. The judges saw it 59-54 all in favor of Marks (9-5-1, 8ko’s), who picked up his first win since 2012.
Super female flyweight Patricia Alcivar had a successful return to the ring as she unanimously defeated Canada’s Peggy Maerz (2-7-1) in a six-round affair.
Alcivar (8-3, 3ko’s) last fought over the summer and suffered a tough split-decision loss to Chantel Cordova for then then vacant NABA female super flyweight title. That was her only fight in 2014 and she only fought once in 2013, which was a slugfest against Eileen Olszeski for the vacant IFBA World Flyweight title.
Dave Meloni opened things up by edging Richard Bonds over four rounds of a super featherweight bout. Meloni (2-1, 1ko) won by the score of 39-36 on all three judges scorecard. Bonds falls to 0-3.