Thomas Lamana overcomes mental health battle to start the final round in the boxing ring

Thomas Lamana was listening final weekend when Dani Garcia broke down in tears as he talked about his psychological well being challenges. That weak second was one Lamana and numerous different boxers might deal with.

Lamana went to the “darkish locations” to arrange for fights, however discovered himself in a darkish place of a special variety after shedding within the first spherical by knockout to Irislandi Lara in Might 2021. It took ten years {of professional} combating to get to this stage, and in 80 seconds he discovered Himself pressured to rebuild from step one. He fought again, in August of 2021, stopping Felix Bogorques in two rounds, however discovered that the battle in a bar in Sonora, Mexico was removed from the brilliant lights of a Fox pay-per-view card.

Within the months that adopted, the middleweight boxer’s weight swelled to 240 kilos, and stress started to have an effect on his household life.

In a single night time, Lamana had hit his first six-figure wage, whereas on the similar time going through a useless finish within the one profession he had by no means identified.

“I obtained actually laborious on myself, I used to be so dissatisfied. I obtained depressed and stated rattling all the things,” recollects 30-year-old “Cornflake” LaManna (31-5-1, 13 knockout) of Millville, NJ.

I took a step again and requested, ‘Do I really want this? Will I get there once more? I am beginning to doubt myself.”

LaManna with bantamweight potential Jose Neves

Having fallen to life, Lamana rose to his toes. He married his longtime girlfriend in June and is now scheduled to return to the ring on August 20 at Boardwalk Corridor in Atlantic Metropolis. LaManna will face a reduction to be named on a card they’ll promote beneath the Rising Star Promotions banner. The bout can be a ten orbit with a catch weight of 170 kilos, with the plan to battle a couple of instances earlier than the tip of the 12 months and return to the middleweight restrict.

“I stated I ought to give this one the final shot as a result of I am not giving up, I will not cease simply because I am out. I’ll run it once more. Lamana stated,

Lamana’s relationship with boxing runs deep. Though his father Vinnie Lamanna was concerned within the native scene as supervisor of heavyweight competitor Ray Mercer, it was Thomas who insisted on pursuing the game when he was 9 years outdated. He performed round 40 novice matches, together with one in opposition to future world champion Jesse Vargas, earlier than turning skilled in 2011.

Along with being the main boxer promoting tickets within the Atlantic Metropolis space, LaManna was additionally one of the vital lively membership present promoters in New Jersey, having based Rising Star Promotions with the assistance of his mom Debra, who was a document promoter. Earlier than he can afford the bond for a promoter’s license. The corporate re-emerged this 12 months with Thomas Lamana as a document promoter, and has hosted exhibits in Newark and Atlantic Metropolis. He additionally began a sequence of membership exhibits in Washington, D.C. known as Beltway Battles, teaming up with former opponent Dusty Hernandez-Harrison.

Not like in years previous, LaManna now has a whole group to assist him set up boxing occasions.

“Once I first began, I actually did all the things…matching individuals, treatment, licensing, journey, coordination. One time I fought, I collected the ring three days earlier than the occasion. I went and picked up my opponent from the airport as a result of I did not have anybody to assist me,” Lamana stated. .

“Mentally it will get nerve-racking as a result of I work so laborious however I believe it comes all the way down to believing within the individuals I helped you with,” Lamana stated.

The remainder of the cardboard is made up of native points of interest, together with bantamweight contender Emanuel “Salcerito” Roreguez (11-0, 6 KOs) of Newark, NJ in his first of ten rounds in opposition to Frank Gonzalez (9-2, 4 KOs). Different projections in motion embody Jose Neves (3-0, 2 KOs) of Woodbridge, NJ, Kurt Scoby (7-0, 5 KOs) of New York and Anthony Jones (3-0, 3 KOs) of Newark.

Regardless of LaManna’s significance to the native scene, he nonetheless has greater plans for himself.

“The entire plan is international, not native. I touched the world stage that night time, it was psychedelic. I used to be greater than able to be a hero that night time [against Lara] I’ll get there once more. “This time will probably be a special consequence,” Lamana stated.

Ryan Songlea has written for ESPN, New York Every day Information, Rappler, and The Guardian, and is a part of the 2020 Craig Newmark Graduate College Journalism class. It may be accessed at [email protected]