Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – After about a week of scrambling around for a new venue, JMB has learned the much anticipated vacant USBA welterweight title between Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna and DC’s Dusty Hernandez-Harrison, which was postponed for Friday September 16th, will now be moved to Thursday September 15th, at the 2300 Arena in South Philly.
“Fight is officially announced for September 15th, 2300 Arena in Philly,” said ACBHOF President Ray McCline Thursday to JMB.
The bout was originally schedule to take place at the Mark G. Etess Arena inside the Taj Mahal, but was postponed due to the announcement that AC’s Trump Taj Mahal will close after Labor Day weekend, in large part because of a worker’s strike.
“Currently the Taj is losing multimillions a month, and now with this strike, we see no path to profitability,” Tony Rodio, head of Taj Mahal manager Tropicana Entertainment Inc., said in a statement.
About 1,000 workers have been striking since July 1 after negotiations fell apart over health and pension benefits and Wednesday seemed to be the tipping point as Atlantic City will see another casino close.
This will make a fifth casino along with – Showboat, Atlantic Club, Revel, and Trump Plaza – which all closed in 2014.
In his last bout, LaManna (21-1, 9ko’s) wasted little time dispatching Mexican Engelberto Valenzuela during their six-round junior middleweight clash back on August 22nd at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ.
Harrison (29-0-1, 16ko’s), who many consider a gifted boxer and will come in as the favorite to many, will fight in the city of Philadelphia for the first time as a pro.