Manfredo scores hugh stoppage!

TKO Boxing Promotions presented an action packed evening on Thursday night in Cockeysville, Maryland at the Fourth Annual Jonathan Ogden Foundation Charity Boxing Event held at Martins Valley Mansion.

In the main event, middleweight contender Peter Manfredo Jr. returned to action with a stunning stoppage of veteran Ronald Weaver. Utilizing an array of boxing skills including excellent movement and a piston like jab, Manfredo peppered Weaver throughout the first round.

Towards the end of opening stanza, Manfredo landed a sharp right cross to the chin of Weaver sending him hard to the canvas. Although the New Orleans native beat the count and finished the round, he was clearly dazed by the knockdown.

However, Weaver had second thoughts on continuing and retired on his stool before the start of action for the next round, Manfredo earning the technical knockout.

With the win, Providence, Rhode Island’s Manfredo improved to 33-6-0 (18KO’s), while Weaver fell to 29-19-2 (22KO’s). Manfredo was accompanied to the ring by Baltimore Ravens standout running back Ray Rice.

In the co-main event, Jamaican heavyweight prospect Lenroy “TNT” Thomas continued his winning ways with an outstanding, heavy handed performance against the game Andrew Greeley. With a variety of power shots, Thomas controlled the action from the opening bell.

Although game, Greeley was outgunned by the larger, more skilled 24 year old who is trained by Dan Birmingham. At the end of the scheduled six rounds, Thomas was awarded a shut out victory by scores of 60 X 54 on all three judges’ scorecards.

After losing his first pro bout in 2006, Thomas has now won 14 in a row, eight by stoppage. Greeley of Monroe, LA, is now 14-30-2 (8KO’s).

Making his long awaiting professional debut, Melbourne, Florida’s Joseph Elegele battled Keith Redding in a four round welterweight bout. With both young southpaws
displaying excellent jabs and terrific footwork, fans were treated to the best fight of the night.

The taller Elegele, a little quicker and with a longer reach, appeared to wear down Cincinnati native Redding in the second half of the fight and went on to an impressive decision win by scores of 40 X 36 on all three scorecards. Redding now is 0-2-0 while Elegele starts off at 1-0-0.

In an exciting six round super middleweight bout, popular Maryland native Julius Kennedy and Brooklyn’s Ariel Espinal battled aggressively much to the delight of the crowd. Kennedy utilized a high volume of accurate power shots to the head and body en route to a decision win by scores of 59-55, 59-55 and 58-56.

Kennedy improves to 7-1-0 (3KO’s), while Espinal moves to 6-11-3 (2KO’s).

Rounding out the card, welterweight Emmanuel Taylor of Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland hammered away at Providence’s Joshua Beeman over the first two rounds in their scheduled four round bout. After absorbing a substantial amount of punishment, Beeman declined to come out for the third round.

Taylor improves to 4-0-0 (4KO’s), while Beeman’s record hits 4-5-3 (2KO’s).

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