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16 NOVEMBER 2018

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Kahn Clary Scores Stoppage Win Over Morlade

By Stephen Tobey at ringside in PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After a slow start, Toka Kahn-Clary wore down John Vincent Moralde and the southpaw from Providence earned a stoppage victory at the end of the seventh round of a scheduled 10-round bout at the Strand Theater on Friday.


Kahn-Clary, the NAFB featherweight champion and the 14th-ranked featherweight in the World Boxing Association, claimed the vacant World Boxing Council-USNC championship.


Referee Joey Lupino stopped the fight after the seventh round.


Moralde was busier in the first two rounds and Kahn-Clary had some difficulty getting through his high guard.


“I’m not a one-dimensional fighter,” Kahn-Clary said. “I felt what he had. Then I walked him down and wore him down. When I hit him with body shots, I could hear him breathing hard.”


Said Kahn-Clary’s trainer Peter Manfredo, Sr., “We kept pushing the body shots. He listens. He doesn’t cut corners. He’s almost the perfect fighter to train.”

Kahn-Clary is now 24-0 with 16 knockouts. Moralde dropped to 19-1 with 10 KO s.


“{Kahn-Clary is definitely ready for a title shot,” said Evander Holyfield, the former world heavyweight champion and Kahn-Clary’s promoter. “He has the experience and the heart.”


Kahn-Clary picked up the pace in the third and stayed in control, doing most of his damage with uppercuts that forced Moralde to double over and retreat.


WBC International Silver and Italian cruiserweight champion Fabio Turchi of Florence, Italy stopped Demetrius Banks of Detroit at the end of the fourth round of a scheduled eight.


Turchi walked Banks down for most of the fourth and landed a right to the body at the end of the round that hurt Banks. Banks’ corner signaled to referee Danny Schiavone that he was not going to come out for the fifth round. Turchi improved to 13-0 (10); Banks dropped to 9-4 (4).


In the third, Turchi landed an uppercut that drove Banks into the ropes. After Turchi landed two more punches, Banks came over the top with a right hand that forced Tuchi to take a step back.


Irvin Gonzalez of Worcester, Massachusetts knocked out Marlon Olea of Baranquilla, Columbia in the third round f a scheduled six at featherweight. Gonzalez (8-0, 7 KO s) dropped Olea in a corner with a body shot in the third. Referee Joey Lupino reached the count of 10 at 1:14. Olea dropped to 13-2 (12).

Nick DeLomba of Cranston, Rhode Island won an eight-round unanimous decision over Louis Cruz of Bronx, New York, winning the UBF junior welterweight title. Martha Tremblay and Eddie Scuncio scored it 78-73 and Don Trella scored it 79-71. DeLomba is now 12-2 (3); Cruz is 12-4 (6).

Massachusetts-based junior lightweights Tommy Ramos of Framingham and Phil Davis of Worcester fought to a four-round majority draw. Martha Trremblay and Frank Lombardi scored it 38-38. Don Trella scored it 39-37 for Ramos (4-0-2 4 K Os); Davis left the ring at 1-1-1.


Poindexter Knight of Philadelphia made his pro debut with a first-round stoppage of Samuel Forjoe of the Bronx, New York in a scheduled four at welterweight. Referee Danny Schiavone stopped the fight at 1:03 with Forjoe (0-2) covering up in a corner after a solid body shot from Knight.


Junior middleweight Jeremy Nichols of Las Vegas won a six-round unanimous decision against Daniel Sostre of Vega Maja, Puerto Rico. Martha Tremblay and Eddie Scuncio scored it 59-55. Frank Lombardi scored it 60-54. Nichols is 8-1-1 (2); Sostre is 13-16-1 (5).

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