LONG ISLAND RESULTS: TWO BOXERS SUFFER FIRST LOSSES
Vinny Maddalone KO3 Richard Carmack... In Huntington, New York on Saturday, heavyweight Vinny Maddalone had the Long Island faithful on their feet as he scored a third-round knockout of previously undefeated Richard Carmack of Kansas City. With hooks to the body and power shots to the head throughout the first two rounds, Maddalone (37-8-0 with 27 KOs, earned the stoppage, drilling the beefy Carmack (12-1 with 10 KOs), to the canvas in the third round as referee Tony Chiaranto called a halt to the proceedings at the 2:57 mark.
Lionell Thompson W8 Yathomas Riley ...In an eight round light heavyweight contest, Buffalo, New York's Lionell Thompson upset the returning Yathomas Riley of Augusta, Georgia. After a contested battle over the course of the bout, Thompson was declared the winner by scores of 77-75 (twice) and 79-73. He now improves to 14-2. Returning to the ring from a three-year absence following a wrongful incarceration on a murder charge, Riley, 8-1, suffered his first defeat as he couldn't shake the ring rust.
Headlining the undercard, Alan Gotay improved to 5-0 against Brooklyn's Bryan Acaba, earning the stoppage at the 1:58 mark of the sixth round in their lightweight bout. The valiant but outgunned Acaba fell to 3-4-0 in the fight which saw celebrity guest LL Cool J enthusiastically cheering the efforts of both boxers.
Local junior welterweight Anthony Karperis got back on the winning track with a four-round decision over Carlos Nieves (0-3) of the Bronx. Dropping Nieves in the fourth from a hard overhand right, Karperis, 4-1-0, was declared the winner by scores of 40-35 on all three cards.
Pro debuting Dave Meloni of Westbury, New York, had a rough start to his pro career as he was dropped and stopped in the first round by Brooklyn's Soumana Abdoulaye. Giving Meloni a chance to recover from an early knockdown, referee Eddie Claudio stopped the featherweight bout at the 1:54 mark of the opening stanza. Abdoulaye's record moved to 2-6.
"No one's 0 had to go"-- Opening the show in a four-round middleweight bout, Uniondale's Marcus Beckford and Carlos Lopez of the Bronx fought to a crowd pleasing majority draw. Scores were 39-37 for Beckford and 38-38 on the other two cards. Beckford now 0-0-2 and Lopez 0-1-1.