ATLANTIC CITY - Millville middleweight Thomas LaManna relied on his power to stay undefeated Friday night.
LaManna (11-0, 6 KOs) scored a pair of knockdowns en route to earning a six-round, unanimous decision over Joshua Snyder (9-9-1, 3 KOs), of Berlin, Md., at Resorts Casino Hotel on the Victor Cayo-Emmanuel Taylor undercard.
Judges Pierre Benoist and Luis Rivera both favored LaManna 58-54 while John McKaie gave him a 57-55 advantage. The Press favored LaManna 57-55.
"I knew that guy was going to come to fight because he's a veteran," LaManna said. "Those are the kinds of fights I need. I'm 11-0 now and it's time to step up (in competition). It's go time. I know I have a lot of improving to do, but it's time."
LaManna, 21, dropped Snyder in the opening minute of the bout with a straight right, then floored him again with the same punch in the fourth.
Snyder, a 33-year-old who is now 1-6 in his last seven bouts, countered with an aggressive style and strong body attack. LaManna sealed the win with an impressive showing in the final round.
"He had some moments when he brought it and some moments when he didn't," said Hassan Hamid-El, LaManna's trainer. "I'm happy with the way he fought when it counted, though. Snyder was relentless, but Thomas dug down and showed grit in the last round."
Also on the undercard, Vineland lightweight Edgardo Torres (2-2, 2 KOs) suffered a sixth-round knockdown and absorbed a lot of punishment during a six-round, unanimous decision loss to Scott Burrell (7-1, 5 KOs), of New York.
In an entertaining co-feature, Russian heavyweight contender Magomed Abdusalamov (17-0, 17 KOs) notched a fifth-round TKO over former Puerto Rican Olympian Victor Bisbal (21-2, 15 KOs). Abdusalamov, a native of Dagestan who now lives in Oxnard, Calif., dropped Bisbal with a straight left. Bisbal beat the count, but referee Randy Neumann wisely stopped it at one minute, 12 seconds.
"His character was very strong," Abdusalamov said through an interpreter. "Even when he was woozy, he still kept fighting. Other guys just fall when they're shaky."
A terrific main event saw junior-welterweight Emmanuel Taylor (17-1, 12 KOs) register an eighth-round TKO over Victor Cayo (31-4, 22 KOs).
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