Rayne's Menard has sights set on UBO World Lightweight title

RAYNE – Mason Menard has been in the “big fight” before.

He’s boxed in the Olympic trials and has fought and won the Louisiana State Lightweight title as well as the Universal Boxing Organization All-America title.

However, tonight will be the biggest fight yet of his young career.

Menard, a Rayne native, will take on former Wolrd Boxing Organization world title challenger Josepsh Laryea for the vacant UBO World Lightweight title at the Cypress Bayou Casino in Charenton.

“As a young kid, when you start your amateur career, it’s always your dream to win a world title,” said Menard, who enters the bout with a record of 16-1 with 12 knockouts. “Now, at only 22, I get my first shot in my 18th fight of my pro career to fight for a UBO world title.”

In order to win that title, Menard will have to deal with a battle-tested Laryea, who enters the fight with a 14-5 record and 11 knockouts.

Laryea, a native of Ghana, West Africa, will be fighting in the United States for the first time in his career. He competitively challenged Sctoland’s Ricky Burns for the WBO World Super Featherweight title in his last outing, but he was forced to retire in the eighth round due to a hand injury.

Three months prior to that bout, he dominated another Scotsman, Paul Appleby, to win the WBO Inter-Continental crown and set up the Burns fight.

“I really don’t know much about him,” said Menard of Laryea. “I haven’t seen any vidoes of him. My manager (Chad Broussard) did all the research on him and I’m just going to go in there do what he tells me to do.”

Although Menard hasn’t seen Laryea, Broussard has filled him in on everything he needs to know.

“He (Laryea) is a straight-forward fighter,” said Menard. “He’s long (5-11) and he comes to fight. He’ll be there every round and he’s a nonstop fighter.”

And Menard plans to be there every round as well.

“This will be my first 12-round fight,” said Menard. “But I’m prepared for it. I’ve gone 10 rounds before. And at this training camp, I’ve pushed myself over the limit; I’ve done more work just for those extra two rounds. I’m ready.”

Also on the card, billed as “Friday Night Fury”, is Rayne’s Josh Joseph (2-0, 1 KO).

Joseph will take on Atlanta , Georgia ’s Gerald Fischer in one of four undercard bouts.

Bailey Bobbit will take on Cleo Rice III in a 4-round contest and cruiserweight Quantis Graves will battle with Jerome Nolan. The final bout leading up to the main event will pit Keuntray Hanson against Thomas Dardar in a six-round welterweight contest.

The first bout of the evening will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $25 and can be purchased at Cypress Bayou Casion or online at Ticketmaster - www.ticketmaster.com. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

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