Darchinyan battles Yamanaka on Friday

Australian based boxing trainer, Johnny Lewis, has worked the corner of many world champions including Kostya Tszyu and Jeff Fenech. Right now he is currently guiding the corner of Vic Darchinyan for his upcoming fight against Shinsuke Yamanaka. Here is what he had to say about training one of boxing's best little fighters.

How has it been training Vic and how has the relationship blossomed between you two?

Johnny Lewis: When I met with Darchinyan's manager Elias Nassar we talked about training Vic. Once we got in the gym I knew after an hour and a half that it would be a honor to train a fighter like Vic Darchinyan who is one of my all time favorites.

Do you feel your training techniques will bring out something different in him?

JL: I'm not really looking to do anything different. Just want to make sure his options are situated in the corner. I want to see what punches are open, and the stigma of him having to win by knockout is what I'll be looking for. I like to think that they're going to punch a little shorter, therefore land better shots and certainly have a higher work rate. And try to make mistakes for the Japanese boy and capitalize on his mistakes.

What are your thoughts on Vic's opponent Shinsuke Yamanaka?

JL: He's a little bit taller and he certainly has a something on the left hand and he jabs well. But at this level they have to have those skills or they wouldn't have got to the level their at. At this level nothing is easy. You can make an easy fight hard or a hard fight easy, and I think that is one of the attributes Vic has. I think there's no reason why Vic can't sit this guy on the ground.

Do you feel Vic needs a knockout to win this fight?

JL: Sometimes when you fight someone in their hometown you have to knock them out. I think can get him out of there, but I certainly like to think that if we won we would get the decision and that's what we got to do.

Anything in closing you want to say?

JL: I think if Vic wins this fight he should be regarded as great. To put fighters in the realm of greatness people throw that around to loosely. If Vic has a great performance this Friday, then in the ensuing two to three years he should sustain himself as one of the greatest little fighters of all time and I don't say that lightly.


LAS VEGAS (April 5, 2012)—Undefeated Jr.Middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna has trekked out west and will prepare this week at the Famous Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas for his bout April 27th at Resorts in Atlantic City.

LaManna, 7-0 with five knockouts of Millville, NJ will be making second trip to the Mayweathers Boxing Club and is looking forward to working with the world class talent that is currently in the gym.

“From what I have been reading that besides Floyd, some of the best fighters in the world are in the gym”, said LaManna

“There are a lot of fighters in my weight class there as well. I know that just being there will raise my game to another level”

“I want to thank Frank Stea for facilitating this opportunity and the fans will see me put on a great show on April 27th”

LaManna’s opponent has yet to be named for the six round bout.

The main event will feature the USBA Light Heavyweight championship between Omar Sheika and Yusaf Mack.

Tickets for this championship night of boxing cost $80 and $50 and can be purchased by calling:

609-319-4400 or 973-277-2604

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Article posted on 06.04.2012

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