Local Boxer Lamanna

Boxer Thomas Lamanna, of the Blackwood section of Gloucester Twp., trains with Reggie Lloyd, of Philadelphia, at Victory Boxing & Fitness in Cherry Hill, Wednesday March 11, 2015, for an upcoming nationally televised bout with Antoine Douglas.

Millville junior-middleweight Thomas LaManna will headline a boxing card in Beach Haven Saturday night.

LaManna (17-1, 7 KOs) will face Albany, New York resident Ayi Bruce (23-10, 15 KOs) at Veteran's Memorial Park in what is believed to be the first boxing show ever staged in that town, which is located on Long Beach Island in Ocean County.

The card will be held under a tent outside, making it the first outdoor boxing show held in the area in 10 years. The last one occurred on June 24, 2005 at the now-defunct Nikki Beach complex at Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

According to HITM Productions, the event will be held rain or shine in an 11,000-square foot tent.

LaManna, 23, is coming off an eight-round, unanimous decision over Joshua Robertson at Bally's Atlantic City on Aug. 8. This will be his first fight as a junior-middleweight (154-pound limit) after campaigning as a 160-pound middleweight.

"I feel great," LaManna said on his Facebook page. "Lean, strong and very comfortable at the new weight."

Bruce, a 29-year-old native of Ghana, was once a top welterweight prospect - he defeated Atlantic City contender Shamone Alvarez in 2010 -  but has faded in recent years, posting a 3-7 record in his last 10 bouts. 

Six other bouts are scheduled, including a four-rounder between Little Egg Harbor heavyweight Brendan Barrett (0-0-1) and Satario Holdbrooks (0-1) of Kannapolis, North Carolina. Barrett, a mixed martial arts competitor, is entering a boxing ring for the first time since gaining a draw against James Rankin in 2009 in Philadelphia.

Doors to the arena will open at 4:30 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tickets are priced from $50 to $125 and are available at the door.

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David Weinberg has been a member of The Press sports department since 1986. Currently he's in his 22nd season as the Eagles beat writer and also covers boxing, mixed martial arts and various other sports. This column, which appears twice a week, is his opinion.

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Member of The Press sports staff since 1986, starting my 25th season as The Press Eagles' beat writer. Also cover boxing, MMA, golf, high school sports and everything else.

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