ATLANTIC CITY - Anthony Young was fighting in his own backyard Friday but still managed to find himself in some uncharted territory.
Puerto Rican welterweight Jose Calderon sent Young sprawling to the canvas midway through the first round, opening a sizable gash over Young's right eye.
"Even though I had a cut, it didn't matter," said Young, an Atlantic City native. "I had to get back in there. I had too many people here."
Young improved to 4-0 with a four-round unanimous decision win against Calderon in an exciting fight at Resorts Casino Hotel .
Millville native Thomas LaManna was the only other local on the card. LaManna bumped up a weight class on short notice but still defeated middleweight Sean Wilson by a unanimous decision.
All three judges had LaManna winning all six rounds of the fight.
"I was kind of surprised that I was bleeding," Young said. "I've never been cut before. I couldn't believe it, but you see I finished that round strong."
Young dominated the action after getting knocked down, pushing Calderon around the ring with one combo after another.
A series of jabs and a right cross put Calderon on his back in the third and Young took the opportunity to play to his home crowd, motioning to his fans to get up and cheer.
"It was my first fight in Atlantic City," Young said. "I was born and raised in Atlantic City, so I couldn't disappoint everyone out here."
Millville native LaManna took advantage of his sizable height advantage over Wilson. LaManna kept Wilson at a distance with his jab and limited the shorter, stockier fighter to trying to go for a home run.
"We were training for a southpaw, but due to legal problems we couldn't fight," LaManna said. "This big, strong guy was here (scheduled to fight someone else) so we gave up the weight and we won."
LaManna recently went out West to train at the Floyd Mayweather Camp and is flying out to Las Vages to watch Mayweather's fight in May.
LaManna improved to 8-0 professionally with five knockouts and said he is enthusiastic about the direction in which his career is headed, especially after bumping up a weight and reducing his opponent to a sparring partner.
"It went as planned," LaManna said. "It was easier than I thought it would be actually. Fights like these tell me that maybe I am who I think I really am. I don't think that I'm the best, but I know that I'm better than people think I am."
In the night's top undercard fight, Glassboro native Derrick Webster knocked Sabou Ballogou down at the final bell and won a unanimous decision. In the 12-round main event, Philadelphia light-heavyweight Yusaf Mack (20-4-2, 17 KOs) defeated Paterson's Omar Sheika (32-12, 21 KOs) by unanimous decision to win the USBA light heavyweight title.
Note: There was a silent 10-count in honor of the recent death of Resorts owner Dennis Gomes.
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