UBO lightweight title on the line Friday at Cypress Bayou Casino

By: From Staff and Wire Reports
The Cypress Bayou Casino and Shorty’s in Charenton will take a swing at a professional boxing card Friday.

Billed as “Friday Night Fury,” the show is promoted by Boxncar Promotions and will feature lightweights Mason Menard (16-1, 12 KOs) and Joseph Laryea (14-5, 11 KOs) going head-to-head for the vacant Universal Boxing Organization lightweight (UBO) title.

Menard of Rayne, made his professional debut in October 2007. Just five days after his 19th birthday, he knocked out 54-fight veteran Richard Dinkins in the second round to get his promising career under way.

Nicknamed “Mighty,” Menard last fought on April 9 when he knocked out journeyman Reggie Nash in the third round in Rayne.

Laryea, of Ghana, is rebounding after losing an exciting World Boxing Organization world title bout to Ricky Burns in March. He was unable to come out for the eighth round after suffering a right hand injury. Laryea looked strong and was willing to trade with the champion early in the fight. He had a very strong fourth round, but Burns started to target the body and made it a hard physical fight for the challenger. Before the stoppage Burns was really coming on and Laryea was fading.

The card will also feature up-and-coming talents such as Bobby Bryant (11-0, 8 KOs), Bailey Bobbit (4-1, 2 KOs), Quan-tis Graves (3-0, 1 KO) and Josh Joseph (2-0, 1 KO). Menard is on a 14-fight winning streak since his sole setback in his third professional fight.

The weigh-in is scheduled for the Prefunction Room at the casino today. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the fighters hitting the scales at 6 p.m.

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