Rising Star Boxing
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.