Rayne's Menard to fight for UBO World title

RAYNE – On August 19 at the Cypress Bayou Casino in Charenton, Mason Menard will fight Joseph Laryea of Ghana for the vacant Universal Boxing Organization World Lightweight title on a show promoted by Boxncar Promotions in association with Big Punch Promotions.

It will be the first crack at a world title for Menard (16-1, 12 KOs), the reigning UBO All-America champion, while Laryea (14-5, 11 KOs) fought Ricky Burns in Scotland for the WBO Super Featherweight title in his last fight.

Only 22 years old, “Rock Hard Mighty” Mason Menard has been on a fast-track to his shot at world honors. The Rayne favorite has racked up fourteen straight victories since losing his third pro outing, and collected the Louisiana state and UBO All-America titles along the way.

In his latest fight Menard won an eight-round unanimous decision at the Rayne Civic Center over last minute substitute Aaron Anderson.

Joseph “Mandingo” Laryea (26) is the more experienced of the two, having won the Ghanaian national title last year before travelling to Scotland to pick up the WBO Inter-Continental 130 lb. championship with an impressive victory over the 16-1 Paul Appleby last December.

The victory over Appleby set up his World title shot against Burns in March, but Laryea came unstuck when he was forced to retire before the eighth round with a hand injury.

Now he takes his third trip abroad in less than eight months in his quest for a world championship, this time one weight class higher.

The main supporting fight will feature 18 year old undefeated light middleweight prospect Bobby “The Prodigy” Bryant (11-0, 8 KOs) in an eight rounder.

Also on the card will be crowd-pleasing light heavyweight Bailey Bobbit (4-1, 2 KOs) and promising undefeated upstarts Quantis Graves (3-0, 1 KO) and Josh Joseph (2-0, 1 KO).

Tickets are $25.00 and are on sale now at Cypress Bayou Casino - www.cypressbayou.com and Ticketmaster - www.ticketmaster.com. You must be 21 years old to attend! Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

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