Boxing Makes a Return to Nutley, New Jersey

LaManna (left, with Michael Torres) claimed the BAM Yout Title last September in Newark.

Show at Nutley High School is First in Nearly 30 Years

For the first time in nearly 30 years, a boxing show will be held next Friday in the City of Nutley, New Jersey. The host site of the Gabe LaConte’s First Round Promotions event will be Nutley High School, with Thomas LaManna (6-0, 4 KOs) looking to stay undefeated in the main event against Daniel Crabtree (3-3, 3 KOs).

“I have been around boxing a long time, and it is great to bring boxing back to Nutley,” LaConte said of the show. “On this card are some of the best prospects around. This looks to be one of the best shows in years. We have six undefeated fighters, and they will be put in competitive matchups, and I look forward to a great night in Nutley.”

The 20-year-old LaManna has been a busy fighter since turning professional last February, registering four TKOs and a pair of decision wins in what was a very successful year in 2011. He claimed the BAM Youth Title in a win over Josh Williams this past September in Newark, capping off the debut year of his career in December with a second round stoppage of Ivory Joyner in Arkansas. His bout with Crabtree will mark the first six-round affair in which he has competed as a professional.

“It’s great to be finally coming home here to Nutley where we haven’t had a show in over 30 years,” stated Vinny LaManna, who is the manager to his son, Thomas. “In fact the promotion is honoring a gentleman named Ronny Vasallo who happened to be my history teacher in 10th grade. He participated in the last show 30 years ago.”

Competing for the BAM Heavyweight Title next Friday evening will be Carteret native John Lennox, who has nine victories in 10 professional fights. His opponent has yet to be named. Middleweight Richard Pierson (9-2, 6 KOs) is also slated to return to action if an opponent is found, while super middleweight Andy Mejias (11-0, 4 KOs) and Polish junior lightweight Kamil Laszcyk (7-0, 5 KOs) are also looking to join the card.

Confirmed bouts for the show include a middleweight pairing of John Thompson (5-0, 1 KO) and Laureno Laracuente (7-4-1, 2 KOs), and junior middleweight Alantez Fox (6-0, 3 KOs) will look to remain unbeaten when he meets Fitzgerald Johnson (2-5, 1 KO). Of the four boxers competing in the final two bouts on the card, three of them will be making their professional debuts. Middleweights Goodson Noel and Satchell James hope to start their careers on the right foot, while heavyweights Aaran Kinch (1-0) and Clyde Daniel are slated to get the evening started.

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