LaManna, Bracero battle to draw

By John DiSanto at ringside
Photos: Darryl Cobb

In the main event, welterweights Thomas LaManna, Millville, NJ, 25-2-1, 9 KOs, and Brooklyn’s Gabriel Bracero, 24-3-1, 5 KOs, fought to a ten round split decision draw. Many of the rounds were close and one of the official judges scored it that way. Lawrence Layton had the bout 95-95, but the other two judges split the vote rather one-sidedly. Joe Pasquale favored LaManna 98-92, while Pierre Benoist thought Bracero was the winner 97-93. I scored the close fight 96-94 for LaManna.

There were four walkout bouts after the main event.

First, Mike Rashid King, Scottsdale, AZ, 1-0, 1 KO, knocked out Darius Taylor of Wilson, NC, 0-3, at 59 seconds of round one.

Next, Catskill cruiserweight Alvin Varmall Jr, 1-0, dropped Larry Pryor, 10-19, 5 KO, in round two and went on to win by unanimous six round decision. The scores were 60-53 twice and 59-54.

In a four round bout, Jersey City middleweight Robert Terry, 1-0, defeated Philly’s Corey Weekley, 0-1, by shutout decision. The scores were all 40-36.

Finally, Brooklyn middleweight Omar Kabary Salem, 2-0, beat Leon DeShields, 0-3, Philadelphia, by unanimous decision. The scores were all 40-36.

Philly junior lightweight Donald Smith, 6-0, 3 KOs, blanked Jersey City’s Andrew Bentley, 3-3, over four rounds to win a unanimous decision. All three official scores were 40-36.

In a scheduled six round cruiserweight fight, Brooklyn-based Frederic Julan, 9-0, 7 KOs, scored a third round knockdown of Puerto Rican Edgar Perez, 7-24, 3 KOs, and won by TKO at the end of that round (3:00) when Perez quit in his corner before the fourth.

Atlantic City Haitian Osnel Charles, 12-18-1, 2 KOs, and Laquan Lewis of Wyandanch, NY, 2-9, 2 KOs, traded knockdowns in round two, but it was Charles who eventually won the lively battle by TKO in the fourth and final round of a junior welterweight contest. Referee Eric Dali stopped the fight at 33 seconds of round four.

Eduardo Flores of Ecuador, 26-29-4, 15 KOs, and Tommy Rainone of Farmingdale, NY, 26-8-3, 6 KOs, fought to an eight-round split decision draw. The official scores were 78-74 (Flores), 77-75 (Rainone) and 76-76.

In a four-round junior middleweight bout, Ernesto Perez, 1-0, made a successful pro debut against Steve Moore of Orange, NJ, 0-3. The Vineland, NJ boxer won by unanimous decision, 40-36 and 39-37 twice.

In the opening bout at the Showboat Atlantic City, Vanderlay Miranda, of Marseille, France, 1-3, 1 KO, upset Baltimore junior welterweight Jahmal Dyer, 4-1, 2 KOs. Dyer built an early lead, but Miranda rallied in the fourth and final round to score a TKO at 2:14. There were no knockdowns, but referee Benjy Esteves stepped in when Miranda badly staggered Dyer.

The show was promoted by Rising Star Promotions.

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