By Damien St. Pierre
One of the state of Louisiana’s most popular festivals has teamed up with one of the state’s most popular boxing promoters. On Thursday night October 3, 2013 the Gretna Heritage Festival and Les Bonano will present “Rumble on the River.” The event will include two IBA championship bouts. The event will take place on the main stage of the Gretna Heritage Festival in Gretna, Louisiana.
The main event on the main stage will feature a 12 round bout for the vacant IBA Americas Middleweight Championship. New Orleans’ own Marcus McDaniel (10-0) is scheduled to face Quinton Willis (7-2-1) of Fort Myers, Florida. The red hot prospect McDaniel not only brings an unbeaten record but also a large fan base. This will be Willis’ first bout in Louisiana and only the second outside of his home state of Florida. This will also serve as the first championship bout for both fighters.
The second championship bout of the night will be a rematch of a January 2011 female heavyweight slugfest. Gretna, Louisiana’s Sydney “Ginger the Ninja” LeBlanc (3-0) will meet North Carolina native Tiffany Woodard (4-6-3). In their first meeting, both ladies went toe-to-toe for the entire bout and judges deemed the bout a majority draw. This time the winner will walk away with the IBA Americas Female Heavyweight Championship.
Highlighting the undercard is a pair of unbeaten prospects.
Unbeaten Uzbekistan heavyweight prospect Ahror Muralimov (14-0, 11KO’s) will be in tough as he is slated to face Massachusetts native Nate James (9-2). James is a former amateur standout who has won his last 3 bouts by knockout. This bout is scheduled for 6 rounds.
Former New Orleans native now fighting out of Houston, Texas, Regis Prograis (5-0) will look to stay unbeaten against fellow Texas native Khalik Memminger (6-11-3). Prograis looked very impressive in his last trip to the Crescent City.
Demond “Body Shot” Brock (3-2) of nearby Kenner, Louisiana, will face Daniel Bell (1-0) of Shreveport, Louisiana, in a 4 round welterweight bout.
Rounding out the card will be hometown favorite Terry Young (1-0). Young is slated to face Jay Williams of Monroe, Louisiana. Williams will make his professional debut.
WBC Female Light Middleweight Champion Tiffany Junot was set to be in action on this card, but she was forced to pull out of the fight due to an injury in training camp.
The Kyle Turley Band will provide live entertainment. Turley is a former member of the New Orleans Saints.
This six bout card will take place on the main stage of the Gretna Heritage Festival. Doors will open at 6:00pm with the first bell at 7:00pm. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations.