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Thomas LaManna headlines July 22 card in Atlantic City

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Thomas LaManna will look to win his fifth fight in a year when he headlines a card on July 22 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City against an opponent to be named. The ten-round middleweight bout will be his first main event at the legendary arena since last August, when he outboxed Saul Roman to unanimous decision.

The 31-year-old “Cornflake” LaManna (35-5-1, 14 knockouts) of Millville, N.J. is coming off a ten-round unanimous decision win this past March over Salim Larbi, earning him the minor WBA Fedelatin title and a WBA no. 5 rating at 160 pounds. He is hoping a win streak leads him to a second title opportunity after falling short in his first bid in May of 2021, when he was knocked out in one by Erislandy Lara for the WBA regular middleweight belt.

“I’m just excited to be back fighting again. I’ve been pretty busy, I fought in March, I fought in December, I fought last September and August. I’m staying busy, getting back in the groove. I’m looking for bigger and better things,” said LaManna, who is now trained by Derek “Bozy” Ennis in Philadelphia.

“I’m looking to move up the ranks and hopefully get another crack at a world title really soon.”

The ten-bout card will be co-headlined by heavyweight prospect Kristian Prenga (13-1, 13 KOs), who faces Colombian veteran Santander Silgado (32-15, 26 KOs). The 32-year-old Prenga, who is originally from Orosh, Albania, stands 6’5” and has brought a substantial crowd with him each time he has fought in America.

The card will also feature 2019 National Golden Gloves champ Anthony Johns (6-0, 5 KOs) of Newark, N.J. in a six-round flyweight contest, plus Atlantic City’s Justin Figueroa (5-0, 5 KOs) in a six-round junior middleweight bout against Jeff Lentz (5-1, 1 KO) of Egg Harbor Township, N.J.

Also scheduled for action is Sharahya-Taina Moreu of Albuquerque, N.M., who will make her pro debut a four round junior welterweight bout. Moreu was the 2020 Olympic alternate at 152 pounds behind Oshae Jones, and is a nine time national champion.

Tickets, priced $65 to $250, can be purchased at or at the US ARMY Box Office at Boardwalk Hall.