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Marks-Findley collide Saturday

By Damien St. Pierre

Les Bonano’s Brawlin N Nawlins is back with another installment of professional boxing at the Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi this Saturday night. The main event will feature a pair of middleweight boxers in need of a statement win. Former UBO All American champion Zane “The Train” Marks (17-5) of Golden Meadow, Louisiana will face current Indiana state champion Derrick “Superman” Findley (16-3) of Gary Indiana. Marks is coming off a strong performance, albeit in a losing effort to WBA #8 ranked middleweight Kingsley Ikeke. While Findley has reeled off three straight wins including a victory over Michael Walker to win his state championship. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds at a 160lb limit.

The co-featured bout of the night will pit Batesville, Arkansas native April Ward (6-1, 6KO’s) and Melisenda Perez (6-2-1) of Kansas City, Missouri in a 4 round welterweight bout. Ward has won 2 straight bouts since her lone setback at the Hollywood Casino this past January. The 19 year old Perez has gone 3-1-1 in her past 5 bouts.

Unbeaten New Orleans middleweight prospect Marcus McDaniel (3-0) will do battle Columbus, Mississippi native Omar Ballard in a 4 rounder.

Jamond “Doo-Whop” Bourgeois (1-0) of New Orleans will look for his second professional victory against local Mississippi MMA fighter Kyle Bullock. Bullock will make his professional boxing debut, but reportedly has an 8-0 MMA record. This will be a 4 round bout in the middleweight division.

Welterweight Casey Adams of Cut Off, Louisiana is set to make his professional debut in a 4 round bout against LeKirk Pringle of Mobile, Alabama who will also make his professional debut. The 18 year old Adams has won a slew of regional amateur championships.

Mansfield, Ohio’s Mark Salser (9-0) will round out the card in a 4 round light welterweight bout.

Tickets range from $20, $50, $100 and can be purchased at the casino gift shop or by callling 800-229-2683. All attendees must be a minimum of 21 years of age. For more information visit www.HollywoodCasinoBSL.com. Bell time is 8:00pm.

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