NEWARK, NJ (JUNE 13, 2011)—One would figure that the biggest night in a boxer’s life would be his next fight, especially if that fight was just over a week away. But for undefeated Jr. Middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, this Friday night just might be more important than his fight that will next place on Wednesday June 22nd at The Robert Treat Hotel in Newark.
LaManna, a former Philadelphia Golden Gloves Champion is just nineteen years old will walk the aisle of Milville High School and receive his High School Diploma and then just five days later look for his third victory in a row when he takes on Joel Nieves in a bout scheduled for four rounds.
“I have been studying, taking finals and training. In a way it keeps me focused for the fight”, said LaManna.
“I really don’t know much about him he has fought a few guys and he will make me earn the victory.
“The Robert Treat Hotel has hosted so many great fighters such as Arturo Gatti, Bobby Czyz, Shannon Briggs, Ray Mercer and Charles Murray, so fighting here is like fighting at The Blue Horizon of North Jersey.”
Boxing has been in LaManna’s blood from an early age as his Father, Vinny LaManna has been a long time fight man in Jersey. The older LaManna has managed fighters and promoted in the area for the better part of two decades.
“With Vincent Ponte and Gabe LaConte promoting me and my father as my manager I have the right people around me and I believe the sky is the limit for me”
In the main event, Ossie Duran (25-8-2, 9 KO’s) of Paterson, NJ via Accra, Ghana will do battle with Latif Mundy (10-2, 4 KO’s) for the USBA Regional Middleweight Championship that is scheduled for ten rounds.
In a six round Super Middleweight bout, Andy Mejias (9-0, 4 KO’s) takes on Yasin Rashid (7-1, 2 KO’s) of Brooklyn
In a four round Heavyweight tussle, Jon Bolden (2-1, 2 KO’s) of New York will do battle with Tyabb Beale (3-3, 1 KO) of Newark
Eddie Edmonds (2-1-1, 1 KO) of Newark will fight Yasin Adbul (0-1) of Atlantic City in a four round Middleweight bout.
John Lennox (3-0, 1 KO) of Carteret, NJ will see action in a four round Heavyweight bout against an opponent to be named.
Newark’s John Thompson will be making his pro debut against Valdez Eason (0-3) of Ohio in a four round Super Middleweight bout.
Reynaldo Ojeda (4-0, 2 KO’s) of Puerto Rico will take on Edgardo Torres (1-1, 1 KO) of Vineland, NJ in a four round Light affair.
Vadim Garau (1-0) of Bronx, NY will square off with Fitzgerald Johnson (1-5) of Asheboro, NC in a four round Middleweight bout.
Tickets priced $100 (Limited VIP), $50, & $30 (Very Limited) and are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 973-350-9993 or 1-866-263-STAR
The Grand Ballroom at the Robert Treat Hotel is located at 50 Park Place, Newark NJ. Doors open at 6:30 PM, first bout 7:30 sharp.
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