By: William Holmes
Greg Cohen Promotions and GH3 Promotions televised a card tonight from the Space at Westbury in Westbury, New York. Four bouts were shown on Shobox tonight as two undefeated prospects, Antoine Douglas and Thomas Lamanna, looked to make their mark in the middleweight division.
The first bout of the night was in the super bantamweight division between Adam Lopez (9-0) and Pablo Cruz (11-0) in a scheduled eight round bout. Both boxers aren’t known for their knockout power, and combined they only have seven knockouts.
Lopez had a stronger amateur background than Cruz and it showed early on. Cruz was applying pressure and coming forward, but Lopez was able to counter punch Cruz while circling around the ring.
Cruz continued to apply the pressure in the opening minute of the second round but was dropped by a left hand. Cruz got back to his feet only to get blitzed with another combination that ended with a crushing left hand that sent Cruz to the mat again. The referee had seen enough and stopped the bout.
Adam Lopez showed he does have power with a TKO victory at 1:42 of the second round.
The next bout was between Jerry Odom (12-1) and Andrew Hernandez (8-0-1) in the super middleweight division. They had fought previously which resulted in a disqualification loss for Jerry Odom.
Hernandez came into the ring bone dry and Odom looked to be in much better physical shape than his opponent. Odom’s jab was sharp in the opening minute of the first round but Hernandez was opening up and firing combinations of his own back at Odom. In the middle half of the first round Hernandez was landing more combinations and several hard straight right hands.
Hernandez’s rally was halted, however, when Odom rocked him with a crushing right hand. Hernandez stayed on his feet but covered up while Odom connected with another hard combination. The referee did not give Hernandez a lot of time to recover and too quickly jumped in to stop the bout. Hernandez greatly protested immediately afterwards.
The referee could have given Hernandez more time to recover, but it will go down in the records books as a TKO at 2:47 of the first round.
Ismael Barroso (16-0-2) and Issouf Kinda (17-2) met in the lightweight division for the co main event of the night.
Fifteen of Barroso’s victories have come by knockout and he was clearly looking for one in the first round. He was a southpaw and was giving up a few inches in height to Kinda.
Kinda was able to stay out of Barroso’ range in the first round and was connecting with sharp straight right hands. Kinda really got the crowd’s attention with a counter right hand near the end of the opening round.
Barroso was loading up with his left hands in the second round and was beginning to land them more often. Kinda’s right eye was beging to swell in the second round and was also taken punches to the body.
Kinda was wild in the third round and was lunging forward with his punches which resulted in multiple head-butts. Barroso’s power punches were really beginning to land at a higher percentage and Kinda was slowing down significantly.
Kinda’s offense was nonexistent in the fourth round and was rocked at the end of the round that put him on wobbly legs. The faces of both boxers showed signs of swelling in the fifth round, but Kinda was in worse shape.
The ringside physician took a long hard look at Kinda at the start of the sixth round and discovered that Kinda could not see out of his right eye.
At the advice of the ring side physician the referee stopped the fight at 0:03 of the sixth round. It was discovered afterwards that Kinda had suffered an orbital fracture.
The main event of the night was between South Jersey’s Thomas Lamanna (16-0) and highly touted prospect Antoine Douglas (16-0-1) in the middleweight division.
Lamanna had the height advantage on Douglas and looked extremely confident inside the ring, but it was also obvious immediately in the fight that Douglas was stronger and quicker than Lamanna.
Douglas was sharp with his jab in the first round and was able to be the first to pull the punch whenever they exchanged. Douglas jumped on Lamanna at the start of the second round but Lamanna fought back and took Douglas’ best punches well.
Douglas had no issues taking Lamanna’s best punches and never left the pocket. Douglas’ combinations ripped into Lamanna in the third and fourth round and when Lamanna fought back, Douglas was not phased.
Lamanna showed heart and had good technique, but he simply did not have the power to hurt Douglas or the speed to keep up. Lamanna, however, was willing to exchange with Douglas and he paid for it in the sixth round.
A swarm of punches from Douglas forced Lamanna to take a knee in the sixth round. Lamanna protested the knockdown, but he was clearly forced to take a knee as a result of the pressure of Douglas. Lamanna went down again, this time from a much cleaner punch than the previous knockdown.
Lamanna got back to his feet again, but he was dropped by another straight right hand from Antoine Douglas. The referee immediately jumped in and stopped the bout.
The three knockdowns in the sixth round were flash knockdowns and Lamanna looked like he could continue, but he had taken a lot of hard punches throughout the fight and never had Douglas in trouble.
Antoine Douglas won by TKO at 2:44 of the sixth round.