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21 MAY 2018

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DeLomba Out-Points Cowart Over 8 Rounds

By Stephen Tobey:MASHANTUCKET, Conn. – A good body attack can be help a fighter win, but on Thursday, it wasn’t necessary for Nick DeLomba.


The New England junior lightweight champion from Cranston, R.I. threw a lot of punches against Amos Cowart and just about all of them were thrown to the head.


At the end of eight rounds, DeLomba won a unanimous decision over fhe four-time Florida Golden Gloves champion at Foxwoods Resort Casino in a non-tttle lightweight bout.


“Everybody looks at me and thinks I’m going to throw to the body,” said DeLomba. “This is what I do and I’m really smooth.”


Robert Paolino and Glenn Feldman scored it 80-72 and Eddie Scincio scored it 78-74.


DeLomba is now 11-1 (2 knockouts). Cowart, of Groveland, Florida, dropped to 11-2-1 (9).


Throughout the fight, DeLomba was the more energetic fighter, frequently landing 1-2 combinations to Cowart’s head. Though he was seldom an arm’s length away from Cowart, he used his superior footwork to create angles to land more combinations.


Jose Salinas of Albuquerque, New Mexico won an eight-round unanimous decision over former World Boxing Association featherweight champion Dardan Zenunaj of Braine le Conte, Belgium.


Don Trella and Robert Paolino scored it 78-74 and Eddie Scuncio scored it 77-75.


The two fights stayed at close range for most of the fight and Salinas fought through a bloody nose since the second round and traded with Zenunaj, Salinas (10-3-1, 5 KOs) picked up the pace in the third round and was more active in the final five rounds.


Zenunaj (12-2, 9 KOs ) was physically stronger and landed some solid overhand rights throughout the bout. In the seventh, he landed a right uppercut flush on Salinas’ chin, forcing Salinas to take a step back.


“It was my heart,” Salinas said. “I just wanted to give a good show for the fans.”


Junior welterweight Mykey Williams of East Hartford, Conn. knocked out David Nelson of Lawon, Oklahoma in the first round of a scheduled four. Williams (4-0, 3 KO s) dropped Nelson with a right hand to the head and a left hook to the body. Joey Lupino waved off the count and the fight was over at 24 seconds. Nelson dropped to 3-6 (1). Emergency personnel carried him out of the ring on a stretcher, transporting him to a nearby hospital.


Irvin Gonzalez of Worcester, Mass. stopped Juan Muniz of Tyler, Texas in the first round of a scheduled four at featherweight. Gonzalez (2-0, 2 KO s) punished Muniz to the body until Arthur Mercante stopped it at 2:00. Muniz dropped to 0-5.


In a battle of debuting welterweights, Anthony Laureano of East Hartford, Conn. won a four-round majority decision against Nahir Albright of Philadelphia. Eddie Scuncio and Glen Feldman scored it 39-37. Robert Paolino scored it 38-38. Laureano was the more active of the two, landing the straighter shots while Albright had some success landing wide body shots around Laureano’s guard.


Debuting welterweight Jonathan Figueroa of Hartford, Conn. knocked out Demetrius Williams of Philadelphia in the final round of a scheduled four. After Figueroa dropped Williams with a right hand, Arthur Mercante reached the count of 10 at 1:58. Williams dropped to 0-2.


Lightweight Jon Fernandez of Bilbao, Spain stopped Naciff Castillo of Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico in the fifth round of a scheduled eight. Joey Lupino stopped it at 1:45. Fernandez is now 9-0 (7); Castillo dropped to 17-9-2 (5).


Wesley Ferrer of Brooklyn, N.Y. stopped Angel Figueroa of Lorain, Ohio 20 seconds into the seventh round of a scheduled eight at lightweight. Ferrer is now 12-0 (7). Figueroa is 4-4-1.



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