By Damien St. Pierre / gulfcoastboxing.com
For the first time in recent memory, a Louisiana state title has been defended and last Thursday night in Rayne, Louisiana it was defended successfully. “Rock Hard Mighty” Mason Menard captured his 10th victory as a professional by beating down a very game Thomas Dardar, of Golden Meadow, Louisiana (8-2) over four rounds.
Menard, 15 years younger than his opponent, started out strong and set a fast pace that Dardar simply could not keep up with. Menard turned it on in at the end of the opening round and would knock Dardar down twice in the 2nd round and again in the 4th, to his credit Dardar did get up on all three occasions. The very accurate and quick Menard forced Dardar’s corner to stop the bout before the bell of the 5th round sounded.
Menard a Rayne, Louisiana native, has now won 8 straight bouts and holds the Louisiana state lightweight title.
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Memphis, Tennessee’s Bobby “The Prodigy” Bryant was forced to go the distance for the first time in his very short professional career. Bryant, (3-0) pummeled Mobile, Alabama’s Ricky Dinkins for 4 rounds. Bryant showed flashes of what could be a very bright future. Dinkins was down in round 1. Scores were 40-36, 40-35 and 40-34 across the board.
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Undefeated Jarred “Lethal Weapon” LeBlanc (12-0) of nearby Breaux Bridge, Louisiana made easy work of Brooklyn, New York’s Rohan Nanton (7-25-1). LeBlanc dominated from the opening bell finally stopped Nanton 1:26 into the 2nd round of a scheduled 6 round bout.
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Local super middleweight “The” Todd Manuel (2-0) won his second professional bout in as many tries with a workman like 4 round unanimous decision victory over William “Poison Pete” Johnson of Sardis, Mississippi. Scores were 40-36, 40-36 and 39-37.
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In an all out war Lafayette, Louisiana’s Jesse Patin (3-1) recovered from a brutal 1st round knockdown to score a brutal 3rd round knockout of the tough Tyrone Dowdy of Memphis, Tennessee. Patin was floored from straight right hand thrown by Dowdy and somehow got up only to be knocked down again. In the 3rd round Patin came out slugging and caught Dowdy with hard right hands and left hooks. Dowdy would go down three times in the round and the third he could not recover. Time of the stoppage was 2:40 into round 3.
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Former University of Louisiana at Lafayette defensive back Bailey Bobbitt (1-0) had a very successful debut against fellow debut boxer Robert Hoyt (0-1) of Waveland, Mississippi. Hoyt was knocked down twice and the bout was waived off 1:05 of the 1st round.