Tapia stops Gomez in the 5th at Bally’s in Atlantic City, NJ, Saturday
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Tapia stops Gomez in the 5th at Bally’s in Atlantic City, NJ, Saturday
By Ken Hissner at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (Sept 29, 2013)

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At Atlantic City’s Bally’s Casino Saturday night Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia, 20-0 (12), of Passaic, NJ, knocked down and stopped gutsy Elco Garcia, 27-9 (13), of Ignacio, CO, at 2:59 of the fifth. Referee Benjy Esteves, Jr., waved it off as Garcia struggled to get to his feet. Tapia controlled the fight for the most part but Garcia is a tough veteran who did not want to lose but age has its limits! Tapia had a good support of fans in the crowd.

This was a Top Rank promotion in association with Peltz Boxing before a very well attended crowd. Brad Goodman, J Russell Peltz and Brittany Rogers matchmakers.

Southpaw Toka “TNice” Kahn Clary, 8-0 (6), of Providence, RI, stopped Victor “El Asesino” Sanchez, 5-7-2 (1) of Houston, TX, in 1:21 of the fifth in a 6 round super lightweights bout. Clark had Sanchez on the ropes when out of nowhere Sanchez landed a left to the head. Clary came right back putting a small nick outside the left eye of Sanchez in a busy first round.

In the second Clary was hurting Sanchez with body shots. From that point on through round 4 Clary continued an assault on the ever trying Sanchez. In the fifth the corner of Sanchez signaled to the referee Smoger to stop it. Sanchez was quite upset and frustrated. Peter Manfredo, Sr. worked Clary’s corner.

Philly’s top prospect per Philly Boxing History Jesse “Hard Work” Hart,10-0 (9), continued his winning ways scoring 3 knockdowns with the last a left uppercut that flattened Terrance Wilson, 6-8 (3), of Ft. Smith, ARK, at 1:59 of the first round. Referee Benjy Esteves, Jr., waved it off as Wilson hit the canvas.

The sky is the limit in the super middleweight division for Hart! He is part of D&D Management which is Dave Price and Doc Nowicki. Fred Jenkins, Sr, and his Hart’s father Eugene “Cyclone” Hart worked Hart’s corner. “He will be stepping up to 8 and with some stiffer competition if we can get it. Few people want to step in the ring with him,” said Nowicki.

“I felt good tonight and after the second knockdown I wanted him to get up. I would like to be on another of Mr. Peltz’s cards but am under contract with Top Rank. Mr. Arum said he wants me to be more than a star, a super star. He wants me to be recognized by people who don’t know boxing but know me on the street,” said Hart.

In the opening bout Philly prospect Damon “Lil Dame” Allen, 4-0 (1), defeated Tony Walker, 5-3-1 (2), of Cinn., OH, lightweights over 4 rounds. In the opening round Allen used a good jab and left countering hook in taking the round. In the second Allen was moving in circles but still out working Walker who was stalking but not landing much. In the third an overhand right started Walker’s down fall by Allen who was opening up on Walker who was showing redness outside his right eye area from the many left hooks.

In the fourth and final round Allen hurt Walker and almost put him through the ropes. Walker came back and had Allen holding on from a body shot. He quickly recovered and came firing back to the delight of his fans. All 3 judges had it 40-36 as did dhb for Allen.

“This is my last 4. I felt good in there. I want to thank everyone who came out supporting me,” said Allen. Sloan Harrison worked the corner of Allen along with Allen’s father Big Dame. Allen said he heard his grandpop Mitch Allen and his mother Rasheeda yelling instructions. Allen is also part of D&D Management and along with Hart attended Northern Michigan U.

Philly’s David “Two Gun” Gonzales, 2-0 (0) won a hard fought 4 round decision over Ray Velez, 3-3 (1) of Brooklyn, NY. After splitting the first 2 rounds, in the third Velez hurt Gonzales and had him holding on preventing a knockdown. In the fourth and final round Gonzales came back to look like he evened the score though he still looked dazed from the previous round at the end. All 3 judges had it 39-37 for Gonzales. Dhb 38-38. Gonzales is the latest boxer under management to Moz Gonzales and Eddie Woods.

Super lightweight Julian Rodriguez of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, made his debut a smashing victory in 0:51 of the first round stopping Kevin ‘TJ” Benson, 1-2 (0), of Omaha, NE, who was sitting in his own corner taking the count of referee Smoger.

In the walk-out bout middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, 13-0 (7), of Millville, NJ, defeated Josh “Juice” Robertson, 5-3-1 (1), of Lynchburg, VA, over 6 rounds. LaManna boxed well in the first two rounds. In the third Robertson landed a hard right uppercut getting LaManna’s attention at the start of the round. LaManna came right back working the right side of Robertson’s side with left hooks. In the fourth LaManna hurt Robertson near the end of the round. In the sixth and final round LaManna finished up winning all 6 rounds on all score cards. Esteves was the referee.
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