World rated contender Thomas
“Cornflake” LaManna (30-4-1 12 KO) scored a 5th round stoppage over
very tough Juan González (22-15 14 KO) in a scheduled 10-round
middleweight contest for the vacant WBA Federcentro Championship.
The fight card was live from La Terraza Sports Bar in Agua Prieta,
LaManna dropped Gonzalez a total of three times in the fight when
finally referee Sergio Arreola halted the bout at 1:12 of the fifth.
The bout was scheduled originally in the junior middleweight
division (154 pounds), but with last minute struggle of LaManna to
make the weight, the bout was approved and made for the WBA
middleweight Federcentro title.
LaManna quotes: "My body just wasn't able to do it. I can't make any
excuses but I'm just glad I was able to fight for and win a WBA
strap. Maybe it was because of COVID, I'm not sure, but it was very
difficult for me to drop the last minute pounds. It's like my body
was telling me "no". Either way I got the win over a tough Mexican
who was not trying to go out. I was glad to get the rounds and now I
look forward to something big in the first quarter of the year in
the junior middleweight or middleweight division."
"I felt pretty good during the fight. The weight didn't really have
an impact on me, but I think when I re-hydrated it's like I blew up
with all liquids and I looked sloppy. I hurt my hand in the second
round, so I couldn't use it like I wanted to. No excuses, a win is a
win and also a lesson."
When asked about any particular future opponents in mind, it was
very clear who LaManna wanted next.
"I want Erislandy Lara. Hands down, that's who I want for the WBA
title, so we'll see what happens. I was supposed to get the fight
after I made his teammate Brian Mendoza look like a novice on
national TV, but they took it from me. I did what I had to do to get
myself right back into position, and this time is all or nothing."
Full Undercard Results:
Agua Prieta's light heavyweight Giovanni Garcia (1-1-1 1 KO) had a
harder than expected match with last minute replacement Roberto
Mendez, stopping him with a body shot at the 2:02 mark of the second
Light heavyweight Paul Bamba (1-0 1 KO) rumbled his way to scoring a
first round stoppage over Felix Cardenas.
Ramses Ruiz (5-4 4 KO) of Guaymas, Sonora scored a first round
stoppage against Brayan Galaz. Ruiz was coming off a disappointing
loss to Marco Monteros in his previous bout. The time was 1:50.
Featherweight Justice Bland, (4-1 2 KO), Brooklyn, NY, dispatched
last minute replacement Brayan Solorio in two minutes of the first
round. Original opponent Victor Moralas was a no show at the weigh
Bantamweight Jose Cariaga (1-3 1 KO) captured his first victory in
the pros stopping Jonathan Ramos (0-6).
Rising Star Promotions returns with a full weekend of fights on
January 29th and 30th.