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Menard, Laryea Headed For Louisiana Collision Course For UBO Belt

Mason Menard (16-1, 12 KOs) will take on former WBO world title challenger Joseph Laryea (14-5, 11 KOs) of Ghana for the vacant UBO Lightweight title on August 19 at the Cypress Bayou Casino in Charenton, Louisiana.

Billed as “Friday Night Fury”, the show will be promoted by Boxncar Promotions, and will also feature up-and-coming talents such as Bobby Bryant (11-0, 8 KOs), Bailey Bobbit (4-1, 2 KOs), Quantis Graves (3-0, 1 KO) and Josh Joseph (2-0, 1 KO).

22-year-old “Rock Hard Mighty” Mason Menard is the current UBO All-America Champion, and is on a fourteen fight winning streak since his sole setback in his third professional fight. He won the All-America title by stopping Robbie Cannon in July of last year, and has since defended it by unanimous decision against Florida-based Kenyan Anthony Napunyi this past March.

Joseph “Mandingo” Laryea (26) competitively challenged Scotland’s Ricky Burns for the WBO Super Featherweight title in his latest outing, but came up short when he retired on his stool before the eighth round due to a hand injury. Three months earlier the Ghanaian had dominated another Scotsman, Paul Appleby, to lift the WBO Inter-Continental crown and set up the Burns-fight.

On August 19 Laryea will get a second chance to win a world title, this time at Lightweight, in what will be his first fight in the United States. Mason Menard is aiming to make the most of his first world title opportunity, and it shapes up to be an interesting bout that could go either way.

Boxncar Promotions presents “Friday Night Fury”, Mason Menard vs. Joseph Laryea for the UBO Lightweight title. Tickets are $ 25,00 and are on sale now at Cypress Bayou Casino - www.cypressbayou.com and Ticketmaster - www.ticketmaster.com. Must be 21 years old to attend! Show starts at 7.30 PM.

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