World rated Jr. Middleweight contender Thomas ”Cornflake” LaManna of Millville, NJ (27-2-1 9ko) returns to the ring on Saturday, May 18th in a 10 round Special Attraction at The Norfolk Masonic Temple in Norfolk, Virginia headlined by rising Heavyweight contender Jerry “Slugger” Forrest (25-2 19ko) of Newport News, VA fighting for the USBF Gold Heavyweight Championship.
LaManna was last seen in action when he won the Vacant New Jersey State Championship by defeating veteran “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis back in November of 2018. Since then, LaManna has had a number of big fight offers, none of which came about.
“I was offered a opportunity to fight Jamie Munguia for the World Title and I jumped on it without getting into money but he was ordered to face his mandatory in the WBO, than I was going to fight Patrick Teixeira on the same card but my team and the promoter couldn’t come to a agreement. Now to top it all off, I was in line to fight Kell Brook in June on the AJ card but they turned that down as well and that was after I agreed to a low purse (in my opinion)” LaManna quoted. “So instead of sitting around and waiting, I’ve decided to get on one of my cards that we are doing in Virginia to stay active, stay busy and stay relevant”.
Heavyweight Contender Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (38-3 28ko) looks to continue his comeback trail to a world title appearing in a 8 round bout.
WBA #12 world rated Super Middleweight Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (28-2 14ko) makes his first appearance in “The Mother of States” in a 8 round bout.
Local fan favorite Roger “RB3” Belch (12-1 8ko) headlines the undercard in a 6 round lightweight bout against a opponent to be determined.
Appearing in separate bouts are locals Montez Brown, Keith Robertson, Jaywon Woods, Leon Gittens and James Montgomery.
The official address of the event is 7001 Granby Street. Norfolk, VA 23505.Tickets are priced General Admission $40 in advance ($45 at the door), Ringside $60 in advance ($65 at the door), and can be purchased by calling James Hogan 1 (410) 499-5361 or visiting RSPBoxing.com.
Hadi Srour (3-0, 2 KOs) has signed a multi-fight deal with Team Sauerland as the talented Norwegian boxer takes the next steps in his promising career.
Already regarded as one of the country’s best pound-for-pound fighters, Srour has over 100 amateur victories to his name, and has claimed multiple national and Nordic titles, while also impressing at international tournaments.
In the professional ranks, he has recorded wins over Michael Mooney, Artur Zemlianyi and Zoltan Szabo, and having joined forces with Team Sauerland, the 23 year-old looks set to have a bright future ahead of him.
“I feel very privileged to be joining Team Sauerland,” said Srour. “If you want to be great, you need a great team around you. Sauerland is an elite promotion who know how to produce champions, so it was an easy choice for me.
“I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring and picking up where I left off. I box to entertain the crowd, and I’ve always got some tricks up my sleeve. My last opponent barely survived the fight, but my next one won’t go the distance.
"I want to become the face of boxing in Norway, and with Sauerland behind me, we’re going to make a big buzz. There’s no business like show business!"
"I've been impressed with what I've seen from Hadi so far," said promoter Nisse Sauerland. "He's a colourful character, both in and out of the ring, and with his personality and boxing ability, I believe he has the potential to go a long way."
Kingdamon Antoine (9-0 7 KOs) is looking to take his career to the next level in 2019. The lighting fast prospect dominated Raheem Abdullah over 6 rounds on April 5th and will make a quick return to the ring on May 11th in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
Standing 5'7", Antoine has great size for the featherweight division. His adviser BJ Flores believes that he can become a multi-division world champion.
"He's a good kid with a strong work ethic. He is tall for 126 pounds and I believe he can eventually fight up to 140 pounds.. He is very fast and has great reflexes," Flores stated.
The promotional free agent opened a lot of eyes with his last performance which was streamed live on Facebook. The 26 year old fighter got off to a fast start and dominated his opponent until the final bell.
Flores said that the plan is to get Antoine three to four more fights year and to eventually get him signed with a big promotional company. With the increased activity, Flores is certain that his fighter will shine as he makes the move from prospect to contender.
"Kingdamon is catching the eyes of some of the major promoters out there. He is a tremendous talent and everyone in the 126 pound division will know his name very shortly," said Flores.