Popular N.J. Fighter Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna Headlines Boardwalk Boxing’s Return to Atlantic City’s Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall August 20
10-Bout Card Features Co-Main Championship Title Event, Five Top Undefeated Prospects and Debuting Hometown Fighter
Atlantic City, N.J. - August 12, 2022 – Popular New Jersey fighter Thomas "Cornflake" LaManna (31-5-1, 13 KOs) will step back into the ring to face veteran Saul Roman (46-15, 38 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico, in Boardwalk Boxing’s Main Event at Atlantic City’s Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall Saturday, Aug. 20. The Rising Star Promotions event with a 10-bout card is presented in association with the Showboat Hotel and the Atlantic City Sports Commission.
LaManna is coming off a TKO win over Felix Bojorquez in his last fight one year ago, after losing to Erislandy Lara for the WBA World Middleweight Championship in May 2021. LaManna is competing for the 20th time in the resort fight town, the second time at the historic Boardwalk Hall venue. Meanwhile, Roman last fought in May 2021, falling to Rafael Amarillas Ortiz.
Undefeated Puerto Rican bantamweight Emmanuel “Salserito” Rodriguez (11-0, 5KOs), from Newark, N.J. will battle Frank "El Castigador" Gonzalez (9-2, 4KOs) of Miami, Fla. for the WBO NABO Latino Championship Bantamweight Belt in the evening’s Co-Main Event.
The rest of the lineup will showcase a host of exciting undefeated prospects, including Newark, N.J. flyweight Anthony Johns, Woodbridge, N.J. bantamweight Jose Nieves, Duarte, Calif. super lightweight Kurt Scoby, Scranton, Pa. middleweight Ryan Wilczak, and Chattanooga, Tenn. welterweight Avious Griffin. New York City cruiserweight Paul Bamba will also be featured.
Atlantic City cruiserweight Justin “Time” Figueroa, a Holy Spirit High School graduate, will make his pro debut against Tavaris Smith (0-5) of Toledo, Ohio in a 4-round contest. A 2021 New Jersey Diamond Gloves and 2021 Carolina Gloves champion, Figueroa, who is a member of Atlantic City’s beach patrol, represented Team New Jersey at the 2021 USA Boxing National Championships.
Light Heavyweight – 8 Rounds
Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (31-5-1, 13 KOs) of Millville, N.J. vs Saul Roman (46-15, 38 KOs) of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
WBO NABO Latino Championship
Bantamweight – 10 Rounds
Emmanuel “Salserito” Rodriguez (11-0, 5KOs) of Newark, N.J. by way of Quebradillas, Puerto Rico vs. Frank "El Castigador" Gonzalez (9-2, 4KOs, Miami, Fla.)
Flyweight – 4 Rounds
Anthony Johns (3-0, 3 KOs) of Newark, N.J. vs. Jerrod Minor (2-14-2, 1 KO) of Philadelphia, Pa.
Bantamweight – 4 Rounds
Jose Nieves (3-0, 2 KOs) of Woodbridge, N.J. vs. Juan Sequeira (1-0) of San Juan, Puerto Rico by way of Nicaragua
Cruiserweight – 4 Rounds
Paul Bamba (4-1, 3 KOs) of New York, N.Y. by way of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico vs. Derrick Vann (1-3) of Philadelphia, Pa.
Middleweight – 4 Rounds
Justin “Time” Figueroa (Pro Debut) of Atlantic City, N.J. vs Tavaris Smith (0-5) of Toledo, Ohio
Middleweight – 6 Rounds
Ryan Wilczak (9-0, 4 KOs) of Scranton, Pa. vs. Dewayne Williams (3-4-1, 3 KOs) of Philadelphia, Pa.
Super Lightweight – 6 Rounds
Kurt Scoby (7-0, 5 KOs) of Duarte, Calif., fighting out of New York, N.Y. vs. Raul Chirino (19-15, 12 KOs) of Miami, Fla.
Welterweight – 6 Rounds
Avious Griffin (7-0, 6 KOs) of Chattanooga, Tenn. vs. Ramon Duarte Marquez (4-1, 4 KOs) of Bowie, Ariz.
Featherweight – 6 Rounds
Carlos Ramos (15-2, 10 KOs) of Madrid, Spain vs. Andrew Bentley (5-6, 1 KO) of Irvington, N.J.
All bouts are subject to change.
Tickets for Boardwalk Boxing: Rising Star Series Rd. 2, priced at $65 (general admission), $85 (premium), $155 (floor), $200 (front row floor) plus taxes/fees, can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations, including Ticketmaster.com and at the US ARMY Box Office at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall.
About Rising Star Promotions
Since 2015, Rising Star Promotions has had a mission to give fight fans the best value for their ticket dollars by presenting exciting, quality boxing events that showcase local and regional talent. With the launch of numerous series such as Atlantic City Fight Night, Boardwalk Boxing and Beltway Battles, the New Jersey-based promoter seeks to deliver the glamour and buzz that boxing boasted in years past, while honoring the rich history of the sport and reaffirming its commitment to producing the best matchups the area market has to offer.
About Atlantic City Sports Commission
The Atlantic City Sports Commission was officially formed on January 13, 2015 as a 501 (c)(3) organization with the support of Meet AC and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) to attract sporting events, conventions and competitions to Atlantic City.
OVG360, a division of Oak View Group, is a full-service venue management and hospitality company that helps client-partners reimagine the sports, live entertainment, and convention industries for the betterment of the venue, employees, artists, athletes, and surrounding communities. With a portfolio of more than 200 client-partners spanning arenas, stadiums, convention centers, performing arts centers, cultural institutions, and state fairs around the globe, OVG360 provides a set of services, resources and expertise designed to elevate every aspect of business that matters to venue operators. Service-oriented and driven by social responsibility, OVG360 helps facilities drive value through excellence and innovation in food services, booking and content development, sustainable operations, public health and public safety and more.
Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall and the Atlantic City Convention Center are operated by OVG360 and owned and funded by the CRDA.
About the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA)
The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents since 1984. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, the Authority's mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state's key economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA's expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing and clean and safe initiatives. The CRDA also oversees Historic Boardwalk Hall (the leading entertainment venue of its size in the country) and the Atlantic City Convention Center. In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide, of which $1.8 billion has been invested in Atlantic City, spurring business investments and expansions, and creating permanent jobs in the process. For more information about CRDA and our projects, visit www.njcrda.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/njcrda, and Twitter at www.twitter.com/njcrda.
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