By Keith Idec
ATLANTIC CITY – Following LaManna’s win, bantamweight prospect Christian Carto remained unbeaten by soundly out-boxing Javier Gallo.
Carto (16-0, 11 KOs), of Deptford, New Jersey, was too fast and too busy for the Mexican veteran throughout their bout and easily won a unanimous decision (80-71, 80-72, 79-73). Carto wasn’t able to drop Gallo, but he landed numerous power punches in each round.
Gallo (25-16-1, 13 KOs, 1 NC) occasionally landed lefts to Carto’s head and body, but he couldn’t hurt Carto.
Carto cracked Gallo with a variety of right hands and left hooks during an impressive offensive display early in the fourth round. Carto buzzed Gallo during that sequence, but he didn’t go down.
Later Saturday night, junior middleweight Thomas LaManna overcame some early difficulty to out-box Matthew Strode in an eight-round junior middleweight match.
LaManna won by the same score, 79-71, on all three judges’ scorecards to record a unanimous decision.
The 26-year-old LaManna, of Millville, New Jersey, upped his record to 26-2-1 (9 KOs). The 36-year-old Strode (25-7, 9 KOs), of Greensboro, North Carolina, is 1-5 in his past six fights.
Bashir took a point away from Strode around the midway point of the eighth round for hitting LaManna behind the head.
LaManna was busy and accurate during the seventh round. By then, he had taken complete command of the fight.
LaManna hammered Strode to the head and the body during much of the sixth round. LaManna shoved Strode after the bell sounded to end the sixth round because he felt Strode tried to rough him up.
Strode appeared to slip with just over a minute to go in the fifth round, but Bashir counted it as a knockdown. LaManna hit Strode hard to the body earlier in the fifth.
LaManna opened up on Strode toward the end of the fourth round. He connected with several right hands and left hooks that clearly won him the round.
Bashir warned Strode for low blows in the second and third rounds. LaManna landed several clean power shots in those rounds, but he didn’t hurt Strode.
Strode had some success in the first round, when he landed a left hook and a right hand.
Joseph Adorno made Agustine Mauras pay Saturday night for all the trash he talked at their weigh-in Friday.
The undefeated Adorno dropped Mauras barely a minute into their scheduled four-round lightweight fight and stopped him in the first round. Referee Ronald Bashir stepped in to stop Adorno’s assault as Mauras took several unanswered punches one minute and 39 seconds into their fight on the Bryant Jennings-Alexander Dimitrenko undercard at Ocean Resort Casino.
A left hook to the side Mauras’ head hurt him about a minute into their bout. Adorno landed several more power punches and Mauras went down from an accumulation of punishment.
The 19-year-old Adorno, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, has knocked out all nine of his professional opponents. The 27-year-old Mauras (6-5-3, 3 KOs), of Lawrence, Massachusetts, has lost five straight fights, the last two by knockout.
In the opener of the eight-bout card, Ukrainian heavyweight Oleksandr Teslenko pounded out a six-round victory over journeyman Avery Gibson.
Teslenko (14-0, 11 KOs) scored a flash knockdown in the first round and won comfortably on all three scorecards (60-53, 59-54, 58-55). Los Angeles’ Gibson (9-7-4, 3 KOs) has lost three of his past four fights.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.