Sean Sullivan Reporting From Ringside: Staten Island’s own Nicholas DeMarco, 134, 5-2 (2 KOs), headlined a six-bout card, promoted by Greg Cohen Promotions and held at the Staten Island Hilton Garden Inn. DeMarco kept fellow southpaw Travis Thompson, 133, 4-9-1 (3 KOs), Pottstown, PA, at bay with his jab and follow-through combinations.
The painfully slow Thompson telegraphed most of his punches but still had some success in round two when he trapped DeMarco against the ropes and unloaded his best leather. Other than that frame, the fleet-footed DeMarco easily evaded Thompson, who had to plant his feet to mount attacks. At the conclusion of the sixth and final round, DeMarco was declared a majority decision victor on scores of 57-57, 59-55, and 58-56.
Denis Douglin, 159, 14-3 (8 KOs), Marlboro, NJ, returned to the ring for the first time since getting stopped by Jermell Charlo over seven months ago, against Jose Angel Rodriguez, 17-2-1 (2 KOs), Bronx, NY, in a battle of southpaws. Using his advantages in height and hand speed, Douglin established his stiff jab early on, interrupting much of Rodriguez’ attempted offense. When Douglin’s jab output slowed down, a lot of grappling and clinching ensued by the bout’s midway point. The action over the second half of the contest primarily took place on the inside benefiting Rodriguez. Douglin had to create space to land the occasional counter shot, but the mauling Rodriguez was game and dominated the action. Following eight rounds, each judge favored Rodriguez by scores of 79-73, and 78-74 twice.
Turning pro, Shakor Jackson, 146, Newark, NJ, stayed on the outside searching for openings against Cornelius Whitlock, 146, 0-0-1, Landover, MD, in round one. He began to find a home for his straight right, tagging Whitlock with the punch several times and using it to set up combinations. However, with not much offense coming his way, Jackson began to recklessly throw flurries to the body, leaving his chin unprotected. Whitlock took advantage, countering with his own straight right. With Jackson staggered and reeling about the ring, Whitlock went in for the finish, needing just one more straight right to the chin to drop Jackson hard. Referee Ron Lipton called a halt to the bout at 2:22 of round three, when it was clear Jackson would not make it to his feet.
Manhattan’s pro-debuting Susan Reno, 112, challenged Vanessa Greco, 114, 1-2-1, of Brooklyn, in the evening’s only female contest. Greco lost her mouthpiece after an overhand right from Reno landed square on her chin in round one. Reno looked for openings to continue landing straight rights as the bout progressed and most of her attempts hit their mark, whether upstairs or down. In between Reno applying better boxing technique, the two women engaged in crowd-pleasing furious exchanges. During rounds three and four, however, Reno focused too heavily on landing single power shots as she stalked forward, while Greco boxed on her toes searching for countering opportunities. Scorecards read 39-37 each way, with the deciding judge tallying 40-36 for Reno, awarding her a split decision victory in her pro debut.
The crude but strong Anthony Gangemi, 154, 2-0 (2 KOs), Mine Hill, NJ, scored a TKO2 (1:02) over Willie Bryant, 154, 1-6-1 (1 KO), Mayflower, AR, who fought mostly in retreat mode. Gangemi’s primary weapon of an overhand right was all that was needed to drop Bryant near the blue corner. Bryant struggled to get to his feet, but the referee felt that he was in no condition to continue.
The 39-year-old Doel Carrasquillo, 159, 17-23-1 (14 KOs), Lancaster, PA, earned a close but unanimous six-round decision over the 37-year-old one-time prospect turned trial horse Dennis Sharpe, 159, 17-10-4 (5 KOs), Orange, NJ, with scores of 59-55 and 58-56 twice. While the bout featured some spirited exchanges early on, the action dissipated down the stretch. No real significant punches landed for either aging boxer.