New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville will host another sport tonight.

Boxing will make its debut at the venue when Millville junior-middleweight Thomas LaManna headlines a six-fight card in the Event Garages at Thunderbolt. The show will be the first local professional boxing event held outside of Atlantic City since Merighi's Savoy Inn in Buena Vista Township staged a fight card on July 2, 2010.

A Motorsports Park spokesperson said the arena will be configured to seat between 600 and 700 fans. General admission tickets are $50 and $75. A $125 VIP ticket includes a meet-and-greet with former world champions Steve Cunningham (cruiserweight) and Ray Mercer (heavyweight).

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LaManna (9-0, 5 KOs), who turns 21 on Monday, will face Erick Hernandez Perez (2-2-1, 1 KO), of Batesville, Ark., in a six-round bout. LaManna is coming off the toughest fight of his pro career, a six-round split decision over Yolexcy Leiva on Aug. 18 at Bally's Atlantic City. Perez, 21, had a four-round draw against Danny Garcia in Batesville on Sept. 29.

Bridgeton super-featherweight Moses Molina (1-1, 1 KO), an 18-year-old senior at Bridgeton High School, will try to bounce back from a loss in a four-round fight against Joshua Nieves (0-2), of Philadelphia. Molina suffered a third-round TKO defeat against Michal Chudecki at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City on Sept. 29.

Four other bouts are on the card, but Millville junior-middleweight Ismael Garcia (4-0, 1 KO, Atlantic City middleweight Isiah Seldon (6-0, 3 KOs) and Atlantic City welterweight Anthony Young (6-0, 2 KOs) won't fight after their opponents backed out. Seldon's manager, Jim Kurtz, said Seldon's bout against Trenton native Alando Swain (5-2, 1 KO) was scratched after Swain suffered a back injury last week.

Doors to the Event Garages at Thunderbolt will open at 6 p.m. with the first fight scheduled for 7. The prefight session with Cunningham and Mercer will be held from 5:30 to 6:30.

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