Thomas LaManna Rises Again at 154 Pounds, Atlantic City Preview

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Thomas LaManna Rises Again at 154 Pounds, Atlantic City Preview
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

Rising Promotions will present an exciting seven bout card of boxing action on Saturday evening, January 28, 2017, at Claridge Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, featuring popular fighter Thomas LaManna.

LaManna, 20-2 with nine knockouts, Millville, New Jersey, will be returning to the 154 pound weight class after losing a 10 round decision at welterweight in September 2016 at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia to 30-0-1 Dusty Harrison. LaManna is a natural junior middleweight, and should not have committed to shrinking his weight to compete in the 147 pound weight class. His opponent in the main event, Eduardo ‘Cheito’ Flores, 25-24-3, Quito, Ecuador, who has 10 years of ring experience, but has lost all 21 of his professional bouts outside of his native Ecuador. Flores, a 52 bout veteran and trialhorse, has lost decisions to former world champions Kermit Cintron and Carlos Manuel Baldomir.

LaManna is predicted to win by eight round decision over Flores. LaManna should remain in the 154 pounds class if he is smart, as he has performed best at this weight during his six year ring career.

In the preliminary bout to the main event, cruiserweight Chuck ‘The Professor’ Mussachio, 19-3-2 with five knockouts, Wildwood, New Jersey, is predicted to win by fourth round stoppage over 39 year old super middleweight Michael Mitchell, 3-7-2, one knockout, Paterson, New Jersey. This bout could be over earlier, as Mitchell is too heavy.

Other Predictions

Gabriel Pham Win 6 Jose Valderrama, super middleweights
Jamil Simmons (Pro Debut) Win 4 Tomas Romain, Lightweights
Dan Murray Win 4 Nahir Albright, Super Lightweights
Yurik Mamedov Win 4 Jose Jimenez, Welterweights
Dallas Holden Win 4 Weusi Johnson, Super Bantamweights

Robert Brizel’s Education as a sportswriter has been shaped, to a great extent, by the boxing cards held at Atlantic City casinos, which have been an important component of keeping the sport of boxing alive in the Northeastern corridor of the United States.

Doors open 6 P.M., first bout 7 P.M. at Claridge Hotel & Casino on Saturday evening, January 28, 2017. Tickets are $125 ringside, $80 and $55 and can be purchased at or purchase tickets at the Claridge Box Office the day of the boxing event. For accommodations, parking and more information about the event, go to online or call Claridge Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey at 1-609-487-4400. Bus transportation in Atlantic City is available from New York City Port Authority, Philadelphia, and other points via Greyhound and Academy Bus Lines. For those driving, The Claridge GPS is 1232 South Avenue, Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Robert Brizel
Robert Brizel
A native of New York’s Catskill Mountains, long a haven to boxers in training, New York City educator and sports writer Robert Brizel holds five university degrees in the education field, and has been writing about boxing since 1975. Robert has been an internet only boxing writer and photographer since 2008, and previously wrote for Saddoboxing. An old school writer rare in that he writes and takes his own boxing photos simultaneously, he seeks out different angles to create original stories. Robert is a frequent sight reporting boxing events in Atlantic City Casinos and New York City. Now expanding his writing to add MMA. Married with a daughter. A sharp dresser, Robert’s electric personality brings class and to events he covers. The only active boxing writer today licensed as a boxing manager and corner man, Robert works the corner in New York and New Jersey on occasion, adding a unique perspective and dimension to his perceptions of the fight game today. Also a trained vocalist who performed on the Catskill hotel nightclub stage for a decade as a child
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