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Cornflake: I Want My Own Legacy; I'm Not Broner!

By Natas Robinson

Thomas "Cornflake" LaManna may only be 22 years old but he already has his eyes set on greatness. The undefeated fighter out of Millville, New Jersey is taking his career very seriously, recently spending training camps with Delvin Rodriguez and even at Mayweather's gym, where he spars the likes of J'Leon Love.

"I've been in Floyd's gym a little bit. J'Leon Love we spar a lot, we actually fought in the amateurs. He's very underrated and probably isn't appreciated as much as he should but he's very talented. It's a great atmosphere, great sparring every time I go there. I learn a lot and I'm constantly working on my craft."

At 14-0 (7 KO's), LaManna believes his ideal weight is 154 pounds and is eager to take on all comers.

"I'm a solid 154 pounder. I want to be comfortable. My last fight I was 157. I think 154 is my calling. I'm a boxer-puncher. I'm 6'1 in the middleweight and junior middleweight divisions. I can brawl. I know I can box. I can make them miss and make them pay. Boxing is all about making adjustments and that's my best asset - making adjustments.”

“Whoever they put in front of me, I get the job done. I know my time will come. I'm not rushing it, as long as there's someone in front of me in the ring, that's all I'm happy for. I just want to fight. I’m always in the gym staying ready. "

While other young fighters may mimic the styles of older fighters, LaManna makes it clear he wants to make a name for himself.

"Everyone idolizes Floyd Mayweather, there's no secret about that. But to be honest I just want to be myself. If I can create my own legacy then so be it. I mean why follow someone else? My name's not Adrien Broner! I don't want to follow someone else's footsteps for the rest of my life. I want to create my own legacy; I want to look up to myself."

Regarding his unique nickname:

"One day I walked into a gym, and you know there aren't a lot of white fighters these days. The gym was just black fighters, Mexican, Dominican, and Puerto Ricans. My friend Brian Green came up with the name Cornflake because I was the one white kid. And I knew it was official when it was my second or third amateur fight and I had "Cornflake" embroidered on my trunks. It was a wrap from there!"

LaManna has fought nearly half of his pro fights at Atlantic City and his fan-base is growing with each fight.

"Thank you to everybody that does believes in me and supports me. Because without the fans boxing is dead. Everyone says boxing is dead but you know we got the highest paid athlete in the world. None of this would be possible without the fans. July I'll be back in the ring. Stay tuned. I'm trying to be great!"

Thomas LaManna is also founder of "SkyLyfe Gym", a boxing gym in Millville, NJ with the intentions to keep kids off the street and create opportunities for the youth.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BrushMyHair. on 06-03-2014

Cornflake needs to respect the fact that adrien broner is greatness compared to anything he's ever accomplished. Broner has done much more in his career. He is a three division champion. Mr. Lamanna, Go eat some cornflakes and shut up.

Comment by sabonis11 on 06-03-2014

He must be pretty special. Who else has ring card girls and a post fight interview after their fight in a middle school gym. He looks like he has good support, which will help him. Good luck to him, seems…

Comment by cupocity303 on 06-03-2014

[SIZE="3"]So far his best performance is against Zelenoff:[/SIZE]

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 06-03-2014

I love that Cornflake is getting good sparring and has even hit up the Mayweather gym for some work. This kid is for real. As long as he stays grounded and keeps learning positive things will happen for him.

Comment by Cloud on 06-03-2014

[QUOTE=New England;14621557]:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: the face![/QUOTE] What's up with his face?

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