Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna wasted little time dispatching Mexican Engelberto Valenzuela during their six-round junior middleweight clast Friday night at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ.
LaManna (21-1-, 9KO’s) jumped all over his opponent from the opening bell, using his jab and mixing in some power shots. A clearly overwhelmed Valenzuela started to cover up as LaManna connected with several rights that sent the outclassed fighter into his corner.
Looking to end the bout on a high note, LaManna peppered him with more shots as he connected up top with head shots that were hurting Valenzuela. As he slumped over and on one knee, referee Harvey Dock halted the action at just 2:17 of the first round.
The win assures LaManna a date with unbeaten and DC native Dusty Hernandez-Harrison September 16th at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. JMB has learned that the fight was pretty much a done deal as long as LaManna was able to secure a venue, and it will likely be for the USBA welterweight title.
Valenzuela fell to 10-8 and has now dropped seven of eight and he has been knocked out all seven times in that slide.
In other action, Atlantic City’s Anthony “Juice” Young had to work all six rounds against Eduardo Flores, earning a six-round unanimous decision.
Young (13-2, 5KO’s) was very consistent throughout the fight, winning five of the six rounds according to JMB, while Flores had no answers at all. He had a solid fourth round that saw him catch Young walking in from time to time but other than that brief moment, he was dominated, as he fell to 23-22-3.
Mark Constantino had it a 60-54 shutout, while John Stewart and Pierre Benoist saw it a round closer, 59-55.
Full recap on JMB Friday night from 7pm-9pm.