ATLANTIC CITY — Millville welterweight Thomas LaManna went out with a victory Saturday night.
LaManna (24-2, 9 KOs) delivered an impressive performance en route to a 10-round, unanimous decision over George Sosa (15-10, 15 KOs), of Reading, Pennsylvania, at the Claridge Hotel.
After referee Benjy Esteves raised his fist in victory, the 25-year-old confirmed that he is indeed retiring as a fighter.
“It’s over, it’s over,” LaManna said during an emotional postfight interview in the ring. “I just like to thank my parents (Vinnie and Debra), my trainers, my fans, everybody. Thank you for a great career. Boxing will always be a part of me.”
The 2011 Millville High School graduate enjoyed a successful seven-year career. He turned professional during his senior year at Millville High and became one of the area’s most popular and successful fighters.
Saturday’s fight was one of his best efforts. He dominated Sosa throughout, dropping him twice in the sixth round with a pair of powerful body shots and leaving him with a bloody nose and a welt under his left eye.
“He’s a veteran, so I just took my time and beat him up,” LaManna said. “I landed a lot of big shots.”
Judges Pierre Benoist (99-88), Ron McNair (98-90) and Joe Pasquale (98-90) all had LaManna winning decisively, as did The Press (97-91).
With the victory, LaManna earned the World Boxing Council Silver Latino title.
“It feels so great,” he said. “I finally got the hardware I’ve been working so hard to get.”
Another top local fighter, Pleasantville welterweight Anthony Young (18-2, 6 KOs) registered his seventh straight victory with a six-round, unanimous decision over Nicaragua’s Carlos Winston Velasquez (25-30-2, 14 KOs).
Young dominated the action throughout, but wasn’t too pleased with his performance.
“If I had to give myself a grade, it would be a C-plus or B-minus,” he said. “I’m mildly satisfied. I’m happy to get the win, but he was pretty much just in there to survive. I’m at the point now where I need to step up my class of opponents.”
In the co-feature, former IBF cruiserweight champion Imamu Mayfield (26-10-3, 19 KOs) was forced to settle for an eight-round draw against Lamont Capers (7-10-3, 0 KOs), of Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania.
Philadelphia junior-welterweight Nahir Albright (2-1, 1 KO) had the most impressive performance on the card. Minutes after notching a first-round knockout over Harlem, New York’s Ronald Logan (0-2), Albright delivered a fantastic rendition of the national anthem.
In other bouts, Brooklyn, New York, welterweight Yurik Mamedov (7-0, 3 KOs) earned a six-round, unanimous decision over Nicaragua’s Ariel Vasquez (12-19-2, 9 KOs).
Newark bantamweight Manny Rodriguez (2-0, 0 KOs) took a four-round, unanimous decision over Paulsboro’s Willie Anderson (0-1). Anderson is the son of former Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Willie “Flipper” Anderson.
Catskill, New York, cruiserweight Alvin Varmall Jr. (13-0, 12 KOs) scored a second-round TKO over Lemarcus Tucker (4-3-1, 2 KOs), of Forrest City, Arkansas.
Brooklyn lightweight Tomas Romain (4-1, 0 KOs) ruined the debut of Vineland’s Marcus Lugo (0-1) with a four-round, majority decision.
Brooklyn light-heavyweight Frederick Julian (6-0, 4 KOs) used a strong body attack to post a sixth-round TKO over Tahlik Taylor (2-8, 1 KO), of Freeport, New York.
Camden featherweight Vidal Rivera (7-0, 4 KOs) stayed unbeaten with a four-round, unanimous decision over Wilmington, Delaware’s Weusi Johnson (2-5, 0 KOs).
Reading lightweight Joshafat Ortiz (2-0, 0 KOs) took a four-round, unanimous decision over Pleasantville’s Sidell Blocker (1-9-1, 0 KOs).