Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – South Jersey native Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna is looking to score the biggest win of his career when he tangles against D.C. native Dusty Hernandez-Harrison in a 10-round bout that will decide the vacant USBA welterweight title Thursday night at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, PA.
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.
LaManna jumped all over his opponent from the opening bell, using his jab and mixing in some power shots. A clearly overwhelmed Valenzuela started to cover up as LaManna connected with several rights that sent the outclassed fighter into his corner.
Looking to end the bout on a high note, LaManna peppered him with more shots as he connected up top with head shots that were hurting Valenzuela. As he slumped over and on one knee, referee Harvey Dock halted the action at just 2:17 of the first round.
By all accounts he has gotten in a very solid camp and those within his circle believe he is ready for the stiffest test of his career.
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.
JMB was told by one source within LaManna’s camp “he has trained hard, he is focused and he will have no issues with conditioning”. LaManna has won five straight since suffering the only loss of his career — a sixth-round TKO loss — to Antoine Douglas back in March of 2015.
LaManna rebounded from that defeat by earning an unanimous decision over Joshua Robertson and then he promptly dropped down to junior middleweight to battle Avi Bruce.
There has been a ton of trash talking between the two boxers on social media, and several boxing insiders within the DMV area have told JMB over the last week they sense that Harrison might be taking this bout lightly.
Harrison (29-0-1, 16ko’s), who many consider a gifted boxer, will fight in the city of Philadelphia for the first time as a pro. He has been training at Head Bangers Boxing gym in DC. and did not look very impressive in his last fight — a split-draw — against Mike Dallas Jr.
JMB scored the fight in favor of Dallas Jr, and it appeared that Harrison got a favorable hometown score to salvage the draw.
The 22-year-old has already fought 30 times in his young career. Activity has never been an issue, but his level of opponents have.
Besides Dallas Jr. and Tommy Rainone, a rugged boxer from New York, LaManna will be the most notable opponent Harrsion has faced.
More to come…