Press Release: On Saturday night, November 18th, welterweight Thomas "Cornflake" LaManna (24-2) will face the Dominican Republic's Tomas Mendez (24-10) in a ten-round main event at Atlantic City, New Jersey's Claridge Hotel. LaManna, from Millville, New Jersey is coming off a ten-round decision win over George Sosa (15-1) at the same venue. In the co-feature, teenage prospect Devin Haney (17-0, 11 KOs) of Las Vegas will take on Taiwo Ali Sulaimon (21-5-1, 16 KOs) of Nigeria in a junior welterweight bout.
The 25 year-old Lamanna is a six-year professional who has wins over veteran's Ayi Bruce, Kendal Mena, Eduardo Flores, and Carlos Winston Velasquez. This will be LaManna's seventh bout at The Claridge and sixteenth in Atlantic City.
"I'm back. I couldn't stay away for long. It's crazy, after my last fight, I was set on being done with boxing," said Thomas LaManna. "I couldn't handle the stress anymore and it's hard. I have a huge chip on my shoulder with no promoter, no more financial backing, just me and my mother. We have mart strategic planning, and a Dream. I feel I have a lot left and I'll be knocking on doors in 2018. To me, Mendez is dangerous because you never know what he will bring. I've always said records don't mean anything to me. We'll see on November 18 what he brings and like I always say, I make my adjustments and do what I have to do to win."
"This is our tenth show and we expect this to be the best turn out," said Debbie LaManna, CEO of Rising Promotions. "With a stacked undercard, and my son getting to headline again, we can all expect a great night of boxing. I'm happy Thomas decided to stick with it, after more than 10 years and a lot of money spent, it would be foolish to stop now when he is right there. We are happy to be doing this show with Greg Cohen and we look forward to bigger and better things together in the future."
"I am thrilled to be working with Rising Promotions This is a stacked from top to bottom. It is worthy of a ShoBox card," said Greg Cohen, President of Greg Cohen Promotions. "When you have a show with Thomas defending his title and fighters like Devin Haney, and fights such as Serrano against Enver Halili plus Skender Halili fighting Jeff Lentz, every fight is a TV worthy fight. We are really excited to bring this to The Claridge, and a great way to finish out the year in Atlantic City and happy that GCP is a co-promoter on the show."
"As for this card, I feel it's the best one we at Rising Promotions have put together. Raymond Serrano and Enver Halili is a solid cross roads fight, and I'm glad we got it done. I'm excited to have Devin Haney on the show, and Tommy Rainone's go away fight is special. Expect another sell out..
Mendez of Santo Domingo, Domincan Republic has a record of 24-10 with 17 knockouts. The ten year-professional won 16 of his first 17 bouts, and is a capable fighter who has fought top competition around the world. He he is coming off a stoppage defeat to Derrick Cuevas on June 17th in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
Haney, just 18 years-old, turned professional at age 16, and has wins over Jairo Fernandez Vargas (4-0), Clay Burns (4-1-2), and in his last bout he scored a eight-round unanimous decision over Enrique Tinoco (16-4-1) on September 22nd in Philadelphia.
Halili of Bronx, New York is a five-year professional with wins over undefeated Raul Nuncio (2-0) and his latest bout where he scored his biggest win with a eight-round unanimous decision over Wesley Tucker (14-0) on June 30 in Toledo, Ohio.
In eight-round bouts.
Adam Lopez (16-1-2, 8 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas battles Jorge Diaz (18-5-1, 10 KOs) of New Brunswick, New Jersey in a super bantamweight bout.
Skender Halili (14-2, 13 KOs) of Bronx, New York battles Jeff Lentz (5-1, 1 KO) of Belmar, New Jersey in a junior middleweight fight.
In six-round bouts:
Tommy Rainone (26-8-1, 6 KO's) of New York, New York will make his final start of his career when he takes on an opponent to be named in a welterweight bout.
Yurik Mamedov (7-0, 3 KOs) of New York, New York will take on an opponent to be named in a super lightweight bout.
In a rematch of lightweights. Tomas Romain (4-1) of Brooklyn, NY boxes Sidell Blocker (1-9-1) of Pleasantville, New Jersey.
In a four-round bout, Jonathan Arroyo of Long Island will make his pro debut against Steve Moore (0-1) of Orange, New Jersey in a welterweight bout.