By Damien St. Pierre
A disappointing end to an exciting bout left the sold out crowd at the Hilton Towers in Lafayette, Louisiana wanting more as the man they came to see suffered his first defeat as a professional, although in a odd manner. Sao Paulo, Brazil native Juliano Ramos captured the Louisiana state light middleweight championship this past Saturday night without breaking a sweat. His opponent hometown prizefighter Jarred “Lethal Weapon” LeBlanc (12-1) came out with his usual aggressive style and put Ramos’ back to the ropes as LeBlanc tried to step to the side he fell to the canvas in obvious pain. LeBlanc would try to get back to his feet but was unable to do so. Referee Larry Berger called in the ringside doctor and he would eventually deem LeBlanc unable to continue. The official time was 1:55 into the opening round. With the win Ramos moves his record to 16-3. A rematch has already been discussed by both teams.
The performance of the night goes to Rayne, Louisiana’s “Rock Hard Mighty” Mason Menard (10-1) who took out a very game and gutty Reggie “Two Guns” Nash of Saginaw, Michigan. Menard started round 1 off slowly trying to feel out of the awkward Nash, but that was all the feeling out process Menard would need. Nash would get knocked down 3 times in the remaining 2 rounds all from well placed body shots. The official time was 1:33 of round 3. Menard is the current Louisiana state lightweight champion.
17 year old Memphis, Tennessee welterweight prospect Bobby “The Prodigy” Bryant (4-0) demolished the debuting Marshall Beard of Ocean Springs, Mississippi in just 35 into the opening round. Beard would go down twice in all.
Brad “Buzy Bee” Solomon (11-0) of Lafayette, Louisiana needed just 2:24 to pick apart 62 fight veteran Ricky “The Roofer” Dinkins of Mobile, Alabama. Solomon attacked from the opening bell and knocked Dinkins down twice in the round the last coming from a vicious body shot that forced the referee to step in and stop the contest. Solomon is ranked number 12 by the NABF.
Rising super middleweight Todd “Amazing” Manuel (3-0) of Rayne, Louisiana scored a lopsided 4 round unanimous decision over late sub Tyrone Dowdy (4-23) of Memphis, Tennessee. Manuel looked more comfortable than their first meeting last October. Scores were 40-35 across the board. Dowdy took the fight on less than 48 hours notice due to Lanny Dardar’s illness.
The opening bout of the night saw former University of Louisiana at Lafayette safety Bailey Bobbit (2-0) pound out a 4 round decision win over Ocean Springs, Mississippi’s Ernest Parfait. Bobbitt had Parfait down in round 2. Scores were 40-35, 39-36, and 39-36
Promoter was Chad Broussard of BoxNCar Promotions.