By: Ken Hissner
Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, 25-2 (9), of Millville, NJ, defends his WBC FECARBOX Welterweight title for the second time against tough Gabriel Bracero, 24-3 (5), of Brooklyn, NY, Saturday night at the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ, promoted by Rising Star Promotions.
LaManna won his first sixteen bouts turning professional in February of 2011. He is 17-0 in Atlantic City and will be looking to add to that. He dropped down a division to welterweight in his last losing fight in September of 2016 for the vacant USBA title to Dusty Hernandez Harrison, 29-0-1, in a hard fought ten rounder in Philadelphia.
LaManna has won all four bouts in 2017 since including winning the WBC FECARBOX title over George “El Terrible” Sosa, 15-9 (15), over ten rounds at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City in August of 2017.
In November he won all ten rounds in defeating Ghana’s Samuel “Bruno” Amoako, 23-16 (17), at the Claridge. He is 6-0 at that Casino before sell- out crowds.
Rising Star Promotions is making their debut at the larger Showboat Hotel. Promoter and President Debra LaManna and IBHOF Matchmaker J Russell Peltz have a twelve bout card scheduled.
LaManna’s opponent Bracero born in Puerto Rico has wins over Danny O’Connor twice (14-0 & 26-2) and retiring Dmitriy “Star of David” Salita, 35-1-1. His losses were to former world champion DeMarcus Corley, unbeaten Olympic Gold Medalist Felix Diaz and three time world title challenger Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi who will be at ringside.
There will be three eight round bouts scheduled featuring Tommy “The Razor” Rainone, of Farmingdale, NY, unbeaten Frederic Julan, of Paris, FR and Brooklyn, NY, along with unbeaten Alvin Varmall, Jr., of Catskill, NY. In addition there are eight four round bouts scheduled for a total of sixty-six rounds. First fight scheduled at 7pm.