Brendan Barrett earns win

Little Egg Harbor Township heavyweight Brendan Barrett gets advice from his corner between rounds.

ATLANTIC CITY — Little Egg Harbor Township heavyweight Brendan Barrett remained undefeated Saturday at The Claridge — A Radisson Hotel.

Barrett (6-0-2, 5 KOs) earned an eight-round, unanimous decision over Antonio Little (4-6-1, 2 KOs), of Raleigh, North Carolina, at the Claridge’s Celebrity Theatre.

A small-but-enthusiastic crowd watched Barrett, 36, overcome a slow start to control the pace over the latter rounds. Little, who ended a two-year layoff, stunned Barrett with an overhand right in the first round, but Barrett answered with a strong body attack and kept Little pinned against the ropes for most of the bout.

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Referee Alan Hudgins deducted a point from both fighters. Little was penalized for holding; Barrett was called for leading with his head.

Barrett also owns a 10-8 record as a mixed martial arts fighter.

In the co-feature, Trenton cruiserweight Mike Hilton (8-0, 7 KOs) was awarded a TKO when Larry Pryor (10-18, 5 KOs), of Frederick, Maryland, decided not to come out of his corner for the seventh round of a scheduled 10-rounder.

Boxing returns to Atlantic City on Nov. 18 at the Claridge. Millville welterweight Thomas LaManna (24-2, 9 KOs) will end a brief retirement by taking on Samuel Amoako (23-16, 17 KOs), of Silver Spring, Maryland, in a 10-round bout.

LaManna, 25, announced he was stepping away from boxing after beating George Sosa via decision at the Claridge on Aug. 19, but quickly reconsidered.

Pleasantville welterweight Anthony Young (18-2, 6 KOs) is scheduled to headline a card at the Claridge on Dec. 16 against an opponent to be named.

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Member of The Press sports staff since 1986, starting my 25th season as The Press Eagles' beat writer. Also cover boxing, MMA, golf, high school sports and everything else.

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