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BOARDWALK BOXING LAUNCHES IN ATLANTIC CITY

ATLANTIC CITY – January 4, 2018 – In its heyday, Atlantic City was home to
some of boxing’s most storied fighters, most memorable fights, and an
unmatched atmosphere, punctuated by glitz, glamour, sweat and blood.
With *Rising Star Promotions’* launch of its new boxing series, *Boardwalk
Boxing*, the budding promotional outfit hopes to return the city to its
former pugilistic glory. On February 24, the series debuts at *The Showboat
Atlantic City*, and features talent from New Jersey, Philadelphia and New
York.

Boardwalk Boxing aims to continue the city’s legacy of legendary fights and
glamorous nights, honoring the rich history of boxing in Atlantic City.
Rising Star Promotions plans to bring together local boxing gyms, fans and
businesses to provide a platform for local and regional boxers to showcase
their talent. “We want to bring the glory days of Atlantic City boxing
back to the present,” said Rising Star Promotions CEO *Thomas “Cornflake”
LaManna*, who plans to fight in the series’ inaugural event. “This city
means so much to me personally and professionally, and after doing shows at
the Claridge for the past two years and outgrowing that venue, it’s an
honor to launch Boardwalk Boxing at the Showboat. We are extremely
grateful for the opportunity.”

The 26 year old fighter drafted some of boxing’s top talent to help launch
the series, reaffirming his commitment to the city and the boxing community
that began with the launch of his promotional company in 2015.

The series marks Hall of Fame Matchmaker *Russell Peltz*’s return to
Atlantic City, a locale that helped cement his legacy as one of the best
matchmakers in the history of boxing. LaManna counts Peltz’s events among
the most memorable of his childhood. “You knew that when you went to one
of Russell Peltz’s events, you were going to get great, memorable fights.”
LaManna is thrilled to add the hall of famer to his team. “At the end of
the day, he’s part of the history of Atlantic City. It feels great that he
believed in us enough to come on board.”

‘Raging Babe’ *Michelle Rosado* has also been added to the Rising Star
Promotions team ahead of the launch of Boardwalk Boxing. The marketing
strategist and boxing enthusiast brings her brand of grassroots, boots on
the ground promotional talent to the boardwalk for the launch of the
series.

*Brandon Dixon*, Chief Operating Officer of Showboat Hotel’s parent
company, Tower Investments, is thrilled about the return of world-class
boxing to the property. “Our venue is the most user-friendly destination
for event planners on the entire Atlantic City Boardwalk,” said Dixon. “We
couldn’t think of a better way to open our space up to the public than with
the launch of the Boardwalk Boxing Series and Rising Star Promotions this
February for a night that our guests will not forget.”

The city’s boxing history is unparalleled. Atlantic City’s favorite son,
Hall of Fame fighter *Arturo “Thunder” Gatti*, fought 22 of his 49 fights
in the city, including the second and third installments of his legendary
trilogy with *”Irish” Micky Ward*. Some of the sport’s biggest names
graced the ring in the city along the boardwalk over the years.
Heavyweights *Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield* and L*arry Holmes* fought a
combined 24 times in Atlantic City. *Roy Jones, Jr*., *Bernard Hopkins,
Roberto Duran*, *Miguel Cott*o, *Kelly Pavlik*, *Matthew Saad Muhammad*, *Mike
Rossman*, *Jeff Chandler*, and *Aaron Pryor* have all been part of the
city’s vast boxing history.

Card information for the inaugural Boardwalk Boxing event will be released
next week. Boardwalk Boxing will be streamed live via FightNight Live on
Facebook.

Tickets are available online at www.risingboxingpromotions.com

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