Jerry Glick reporting from ringside: Joe DeGuardia and his able matchmaker Ron Katz put on a great show that brought in a full house to Huntington, LI, on a stormy night at his favorite venue, The Paramount Theater.
In the main event Vinny Maddalone, 229, was outweighed by about 100 pounds against Richard Carmack, 324, and used the first two rounds to work the body against his somewhat placid opponent. Looking bulky and strong, Carmack never let his hands go.
The popular Long Island heavyweight pounded Carmack’s ample midriff with his left and targeted his head with his right. Carmack began to cover up after absorbing a hard right and finally fell into the ropes where referee Chiarantano saved him from further punishment at 2:57 of round three. Maddalone’s record improved to 37-8 (28 KOs), as Carmack’s lost for the first time as a pro and is now 12-1 (10 KOs).
After the win Vinny said that Carmack was reluctant to let his hands go, “Because he knew that I would counter everything he threw my way.” Not sure exactly why, but Carmack had a good opportunity to pick up a nice “W” but was reluctant to make the effort. I called him “placid” and that was his demeanor from the opening bell. He looked ferocious but did little to act that way.
Lionel Thompson, 176, outworked Yathomas Riley, 173, who used his power to stay with Thompson who moved too fast for him. Thompson used lateral movement to avoid much of Riley’s power shots. He would stop long enough to shoot lead rights to Riley’s head and body. It looked like Riley did enough to win, but the Judges scored it 77-75 twice and 79-73, all for Thompson who improved to 14-2 (9 KOs), while Riley suffered his first loss and is now 8-1 (6 KOs). Claudio referee.
Popular Alan Gotay, 134, landed so many rights, it’s a wonder that it went to the sixth and final frame.
Bryan Acaba, 134, was tough and fought back, but only seemed to hurt his opponent in the first round after Gotay had come out fast and reckless looking for an early ending. After that one good moment for Acaba, he took a right to the head and went down at the end of that first round.
In the sixth round they traded punches when Gotay, 5-0 (3 KOs), caught Acaba, 3-4 (2 KOs), with a chopping right that had him out on his feet. He appeared to take more punches than was necessary when referee Mercante allowed him to continue to take shots in a corner, finally jumping in at 1:58 of the sixth frame.
Anthony Karperis, 139, Hicksville, NY, native, allowed Carlos Nieves, 141, of the Bronx, NY, to use his reach and height in round one but got down to business after that. He would get up close trapping Nieves on the ropes in the next three frames culminating in a fourth round knock down of Nieves from an overhand right. The Judges tallied 40-35 each for Karperis.
Karperis got back on the winning path after losing for the first time in his last fight, and improved to 4-1 (2KOs), while Nieves remains winless at 0-3. Chiarantano refereed.
Dave Meloni, from Westbury, NY, was over whelmed by journeyman Soumana Abdoulaye, 126, from Brooklyn, NY. Meloni, 127, was hit with a hard left that had him collapsing along the ropes. Up and shaky, Meloni, who starts his career at 0-1, took a beating until referee Eddie Claudio had seen enough at 1:54 of the first round. Abdoulaye is now 2-6 (1 KO).
Marcus Beckford 159, from Uniondale, NY, appeared to land the more telling punches. Carlos Lopez 159, who fights out of the Bronx, NY, took the opening frame landing hard rights to the body of Beckford. Lefty Beckford made Lopez miss often or be short with his shots, in the last three frames, but the Judges scored it 39-37 for Beckford and 38-38 twice for a majority draw. So Beckford starts his career with two draws and Lopez is now 0-1-1 (0 KOs). Arthur Mercante refereed.