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Boxing back in New Orleans!

By Damien St. Pierre

Les Bonano and The Fight Guys, LLC are back with this Friday night at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, Louisiana with “Brawlin In Nawlins”. Eight bouts are scheduled for this event including five professional boxing matches. An interesting ten round main event will feature former IBA Continental champion and local New Orleans, Louisiana native Ron “The Cobra” Weaver (29-17-2, 22 KOs) fighting for the first time since November 2005 and the first time at home since 2002. Weaver will face a tough test in undefeated Cut and Shoot, Texas native Alphonso Lopez (13-0, 11 KOs). This will be the 26-year-old Lopez’s first scheduled ten rounder.

The undercard is highlighted with local Louisiana talent.

Baton Rouge’s “Pretty” Rickey Kinney (3-1) who is coming off of a solid win over Atlanta, Georgia’s Curtis Smith (10-5) will be in action in a 6 round light welterweight bout.

Alabama light heavyweight knockout artist. Anthony Doughty (3-0), 3KO’s)will look too stay undefeated as he is scheduled to take on Greenville, Mississippi’s James Jones, who will be making his professional debut. Doughty has only been out of the opening round once in his 3 professional bouts.

Two amateurs who have waited a long while to make their leap into the professional ranks will finally get their chance. New Orleans, Louisiana’s Marcus McDaniel and Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s Tommy Manning will do battle in a 4 round middleweight bout.

Rounding out the card will be highly touted Lafayette, Louisiana area prospects Jarred LeBlanc (5-0) and Mason Menard (4-1) in separate bouts.

The night is also scheduled to feature 4 mixed martial art bouts including Slidell, Louisiana’s Charlie Rader who holds the USA MMA 170lb championship.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting Ticketmaster.com or BrawlininNawlins.com Bell time is 7:30pm

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