Ringside Report by Resolution Sports
Two undefeated middleweights met in the Friday night main event of ShoBox: The Next Generation at the Space in Westbury, New York, with the hard hitting Antoine “Action” Douglas (17-0-1, 11 KOs) earning a sixth round stoppage of crafty New Jersey native Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (16-1, 7 KOs). In fact, all four fights on the televised portion of the ShoBox quadrupleheader ended inside the distance, while fan favorite Tommy Rainone (23-6-1, 5 KOs) was able to earn his fifth career knockout in an undercard bout that will air at a later time on the YES Network.
Opposing a known power puncher, LaManna approached Douglas cautiously in the opening round, working behind the jab and using movement to keep him at distance. In the second frame, Douglas began to unload a little bit more, with all of his punches having solid power behind them. LaManna continued to use sound defense to protect himself, and he even found some pockets to start presenting more offense of his own.
As the fight progressed, LaManna was moving well and bending at the waist, but the pursuit of Douglas was relentless. In the third round, Douglas landed his first flush shot of the contest, but LaManna seemed to absorb it well and recover pretty quickly. However, the stalking of Douglas made him increasingly harder to avoid, and his strength made every punch equally as dangerous.
LaManna was definitely hanging in there over the first five frames, but Douglas was able to break through in the sixth round. While engaging with one another in the corner, what appeared to be a bit of a slip by Lamanna led to his knee touching the canvas, and referee Harvey Dock began to count him for what was the first official knockdown of his career. After the knockdown, LaManna chose to continue engaging, and Douglas looked to turn up the tempo. The slugger was able to perfectly time a hard right hand with LaManna coming forward midway through the round, which led to a second knockdown. The gritty LaManna was quickly back on his feet, but the fight was eventually waved off at the 2:44 mark after Douglas ripped off a counter left when LaManna was coming forward. Even though LaManna still had all his wits about him, referee Harvey Dock would not allow him to continue.
In the co-feature of the evening, popular Bronx transplant Issof Kinda (17-3, 7 KOs) stepped up to face knockout artist Ismael Barroso (17-0-2, 16 KOs), and he was able to hang in there with the powerful Venezuelan for most of the first four frames. However, Barroso buzzed Kinda with a left hand when there were about two seconds left in the fourth round that he was not able to recover from. In the opening minute of the fifth frame, Barroso was putting his punches together and soon dropped Kinda with a left hand. Kinda was in serious trouble but somehow held on and made it to the bell.
When the bell sounded to start the sixth frame, the doctors halted the action to continue looking at Kinda, and it was determined that that his vision was too impaired to continue. Just three seconds into the round, Barroso was awarded the TKO victory.
In the second televised bout, DC native Jeremy Odom (13-1, 12 KOs) was able to make quick work of the previously unbeaten Andrew Hernandez (8-1-1, 1 KO), stalking throughout the entire first round. In the latter minute, Hernandez unintelligently chose to engage, and he got ripped by a hard right hand that put him in a world of trouble. At that point, Odom swarmed and pounded him to a referee stoppage at the 2:47 mark.
The opening fight on Showtime pitted two undefeated super bantamweights against one another, with Adam Lopez (10-0, 5 KOs) and Pablo Cruz (11-1, 3 KOs) taking the stage. Cruz was much busier during the first frame, but a counter left hook midway through the second round had him buzzed and dropped him to the canvas. He was able to temporarily continue, but Lopez would not let him off the hook. He quickly smothered Cruz until closing the show with a crumbling left hook that sent him to the canvas face first and resulted in a knockout at 1:42 of the second frame.
Long Island native Tommy Rainone (23-6-1, 5 KOs) came out behind the jab in a welterweight pairing with Allen Litzau (14-9, 7 KOs), but a questionable knockdown in the second round caused a short panic among the room full of his supporters. During an exchange, Rainone was caught by a counter right that caught him off balance because Litzau appeared to step on his boot, but the referee apparently did not see it that way and gave Rainone an eight-count. After that, Rainone significantly turned up the volume and dominated the remainder of the contest.
In the sixth and final frame, Rainone exploded with a huge burst. He started peppering Litzau from all angles for about a minute straight, which eventually forced his opponent to take a knee. When action resumed, Rainone continued on the same attack, and the referee waved off the bout with just three seconds remaining in the fight, giving Rainone his fifth career knockout.
The women also took the stage on Friday night, with Queens native Patricia Alcivar facing Canadian Peggy Maerz (2-7-1, 0 KOs). Alcivar showed the clear ring generalship throughout the bout, using better movement and landing the cleaner punches, and that resulted in her winning a unanimous decision by counts of 60-54 and 59-55 (twice).
The second fight of the undercard resulted in the lone upset of the evening, where a hard hitting Joshua Marks (9-5-1, 8 KOs) was able to hand Rich Neves (8-2-1, 4 KOs) just his second career loss in junior middleweight action. Marks immediately went to the body in the opening round, and it paid dividends. He maintained good pressure as well, dropping Neves in the second frame with a solid left hook to the body in the final minute. Neves showed a lot of grit and tried to fight his way back into this contest, but Marks sealed the first decision victory of his professional career when the sixth round bell concluded this one, securing flush tallies of 59-54 from all three ringside judges.
In the first bout of the night, Long Island junior lightweight Dave Meloni (2-1, 1 KO) was able to outbox Richard Bonds (0-3) over four rounds, winning a unanimous decision by 39-36 on three cards.