LaManna stands over Witt after a knockdown. Picture by Carlo Estonactoc
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna continued his comeback to a second title alternative with a dominant third-round stoppage of overmatched Juan Manuel Witt on Saturday, July 22 at Boardwalk Corridor in Atlantic Metropolis, NJ
LaManna (36-5-1, 15 KOs) scored three knockdowns of Witt (33-2-2, 25 KOs), with the weapon of selection being the overhand proper for every knockdown. The stoppage got here at 2:47 of the third spherical, with referee Ricky Vera waiving the ten-round middleweight bout with out a rely.
LaManna was in cost from the opening bell as he imposed his top on Witt, a local of Buenos Aires, Argentina, who hadn’t gained since 2017, when he weighed 16 kilos lighter at 142 kilos. Witt had simply gained his first skilled struggle 13 months prior, when he was knocked out in six rounds by Brandon Berry in his United States debut.
“He was very powerful and clumsy. I anticipated him to come back off as a troublesome Argentinian, however I believe my dimension overpowered him and I took management from the gate,” stated LaManna, who’s now coached by Derek “Bozy” Ennis, who can also be the daddy and coach of prime welterweight Jaron Ennis. LaManna spent a number of weeks at camp with undefeated junior middleweight Jesus Ramos Jr. in Arizona to organize for the struggle.
LaManna, 31, is ranked no. 4 by the WBA at 160 lbs. That belt is held by Erislandy Lara, who knocked out LaManna in a single spherical in 2021. Since then, LaManna of Millville, NJ has gained six in a row and is trying ahead to getting a second probability in opposition to the Cuban boxer who’s ranked no. 5 by The Ring at 160 kilos.
“That is what I need. I believe it is extra of a private factor. Economically, it would not make the perfect enterprise sense as a result of he is probably not drawing, however I do not see anybody beating him, so he’ll most likely all the time be the champion. I simply wish to be in the correct place on the proper time,” stated LaManna, who additionally promoted Saturday’s six-fight card below his Rising Star Promotions banner.
Whereas the LaManna-Witt struggle was the cardboard’s official primary occasion, two different fights that includes high-draw prospects proceeded this struggle.
In a six-round junior middleweight bout between native sights, Justin “Time” Figueroa (6-0, 5 KO) of Atlantic Metropolis went the gap for the primary time, beating aggressive Jeff Lentz (5-2, 1 KO) of Lanoka Harbor, NJ by unanimous resolution.
Figueroa used his superior ability and punching energy to earn a unanimous resolution, successful by the scores of 59-55 on two maps and 58-56 on the third. Figueroa, 24, managed by Jolene Mizzone, got here near a sixth-round knockout, however Lentz, who additionally fights in blended martial arts, managed to succeed in the ultimate bell.
The struggle was Lentz’s first since 2015, when he was stopped by former junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd in seven rounds.
Within the ultimate struggle of the evening, Albanian heavyweight Kristian Prenga (14-1, 14 KOs) continued his knockout streak, knocking out Colombia’s Santander Silgado (32-16, 26 KOs) with an overhand proper at 1:22.
“I needed to do extra, I needed to placed on a greater present for everybody. However sorry, I can not management my proper hand, it is actually robust,” Prenga stated by means of an interpreter.
Prenga, who now lives in Edgewater, NJ, has now gained 9 straight since his solely loss, a 2017 resolution loss within the Netherlands to a fighter he beforehand knocked out. Prenga disputes the choice as a doubtful verdict from his hometown.
“I am prepared for anybody. I do not assume there may be anybody higher than me. They might have extra expertise than me, however I really feel for anybody. Nothing can cease me,” Prenga stated.
Daniel Gonzalez, the primary light-weight prospect from Iselin, NJ, had one of many largest cheering sections on the cardboard. The 28-year-old delighted the gang with a second-round knockout of Michael Ruiz. After a shaky first spherical, Gonzalez settled in and returned to the boxing expertise that gained him a New Jersey Golden Gloves title earlier within the yr. Gonzalez scored the primary knockdown of the struggle with a proper hand earlier than ending Ruiz (0-2) with a leaping left hook at 3:00 of the second.
“The primary spherical, I attempted somewhat too exhausting. I bought some good recommendation from my nook, they instructed me to quiet down. As soon as that occurred, I landed some nice punches and bought it out of there,” stated Gonzalez, who’s managed and skilled by Percy Gayanilo of Park Elite Boxing Membership in Roselle Park, NJ.
Gonzalez ought to keep busy, along with his subsequent professional struggle tentatively scheduled for September 9 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Nadim Salloum (11-1, 4 KOs) of Brooklyn, NY by way of Lebanon kicked off his 2023 marketing campaign with a second-round stoppage of Ismael Ocles (12-13-2, 3 KOs) of Ecuador. Salloum, 29, pressured the ill-conditioned Ocles, forcing Ocles to remain on his stool after the second spherical in a six-round tremendous middleweight bout.
The cardboard kicked off with the professional debut of Sharahya Taina Moreu, a 24-year-old light-weight prospect from Albuquerque, NM Moreu, a nine-time Nationwide Newbie Champion and 2020 U.S. Olympic alternate, dropped Janaisa Indira Morandin Cardoso (0-2) within the third spherical however went the gap 4 rounds, scoring a shutout victory by scores of 40-35 throughout the board.