Thomas LaManna will be performing double duty at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall's Adrian Phillips Ballroom tonight.
LaManna is head of Millville-based Rising Star Promotions, which is staging its second card of the year at the ballroom in association with the Atlantic City Sports Commission. The world-ranked middleweight will also be fighting in the main event of the eight-bout card with a 10-round bout against Mexican veteran Saul Roman.
The fight will serve as a reunion of sorts for LaManna (31-5-1, 13 KOs). He is a staple in Atlantic City, having fought 20 times on the boardwalk. But Saturday's bout against Roman (46-15, 38 KOs) will be his first in the area in four years. His last fight in town was a unanimous decision victory over Somers Point's Mike Arnaoutis at Showboat Hotel on Nov. 11, 2018.
"It's been a while since I've fought here," LaManna said in a statement. "I'm excited to be back. Fighting in front of my loyal fans at such an important venue in a true blessing and provides an added incentive to put on a great show."
Eight bouts are scheduled for the card, which is the third one of 2022 in Atlantic City. The show also features the professional debut of junior-middleweight Justin Figueroa, who is a 2017 Holy Spirit High School graduate and member of the Atlantic City Beach Patrol.
Figueroa, 23, will be taking on Toledo, Ohio's Tavaris Smith (0-5) in a four-rounder that will be the final bout of the evening.
""I'm not going to lie," Figueroa said. "The spotlight is on me and I feel a little bit of anxiety about it. But I've had pressure on me before. I'm used to the spotlight and I have a lot of confidence."
Doors to the Adrian Phillips Ballroom open at 5 p.m. with the first undercard fight scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tickets are priced from $65 to $200 and are available through Ticketmaster and the Boardwalk Hall box office.
Note: Boxing will be back in town on Friday, Sept. 9, with a SHOBOX: The New Generation card at Bally's Atlantic City. Joseph Adorno (16-1-2, 14 KOs), from Reading, Pennsylvania, will meet Argentina's Hugo Alberto Roldan (21-0-1, 7 KOs) in the 10-round super-lightweight main event.

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