LaManna dropping weight; looking to boost career


Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Thomas LaManna will look to make it two straight wins since suffering his first career loss, when he tangles against Ayi Bruce, in a six-round junior middleweight affair outside at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Beach Haven, New Jersey, which is in Ocean County.

The card will be held in a tent outside, thus making it the first outdoor boxing show to be held in the are in 10 years. The most recent event outside, occurred back in 2005 at the now-defunct Nikki Beach complex at Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

LaManna (17-1, 7ko’s) rebounded from the lone loss of his career, when he scored an eight-round unanimous decision over Joshua Robertson in August. LaManna was not overly impressive in that bout and looked tentative at times, perhaps there was some carry over from his setback against rising prospect Antoine Douglas last March.

Douglas floored LaManna three times in the sixth round before the action was halted, giving the 23-year-old his first setback of his pro career.

This will be LaManna’s first fight as a junior middleweight after campaigning as a 160-pound middleweight.

A native of Albany, New York, Bruce (23-10, 15ko’s) is not the same boxer that defeated welterweight contender and Atlantic City, resident, Shamone Alvarez back in 2010.

The 29-year-old Bruce has dropped seven of his last 10 bouts.

In other slated action on the card, Brendan Barrett (0-0-1), an MMA fighter, is scheduled for a four-round tilt against Satario Holdbrooks (0-1), while Ian Green (6-0, 4ko’s) and K’Lon Spencer (4-2, 3ko’s) square off in a six-round middleweight contest.

O’Shanique Foster (7-0, 4ko’s) takes on Darius Jackson (0-1) in a four-round lightweight bout, while Arturo Trujillo (6-0, 3ko’s) battles Alex Asbury (0-2) in a four-round middleweight contest.

In a four-round welterweight matchup, Dustin Fleischer (3-0, 3ko’s) takes on Ira Frank (1-0, 1ko), while Fanlong Meng (2-0, 1ko) mixes it up against Michael Mitchell (3-5-2, 1ko) over four rounds in a bout that will be contested at light heavyweight.

Rounding out the card will be light heavyweight Angel Concepcion (6-0) going up against a debuting Sidney Outlaw over four rounds.



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This article has 5 Comments

  1. LaManna is a club fighter at best, kid got thrown to the wolves against Douglas and then his promoter Peltz drops him, pretty bushleague but that is how these promoters are now.

  2. LaManna is not an bad fighter, just has no power at middleweight and Peltz, has not been fully vested in the game in years, He could give two shits about his fighters, Look what he did to Mike Jones, dude has been a shot fighter every since.

  3. I think the kid just lost some confidence. He needs a couple of four and six round fights to get his feet wet again. I think he can be a good boxer, and have a good career but needs to be managed better.

  4. LaManna is so overrated. Douglas tore into that kid, that fight was not even close. You saw what happens when he goes up against a fighter with speed, power and better foot movement. He is a club level boxer at best.

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