Menard, the current Louisiana Lightweight and UBO All-America Lightweight champion, hit Dedrick Bell with a devastating left hook at the 2:08 mark of the seventh round to send the Memphis, Tennessee native to the canvas for the first time in his career and end the fight.
“The left hook was there the whole fight, but sometimes I was missing it,” said Menard, who improved to 14-1 overall with 12 knockouts. “But when I was catching him, I was catching him. It was just a matter of time before the tree fell.”
Menard was seemingly in charge every round, but he couldn’t quite land the big blow he was looking for until the second to last round.
“Mason looked good in spots tonight,” said Menard’s trainer and Boxncar promoter “Bad” Chad Broussard. “When he let his hands go, he looked real good.”
However, it was Broussard’s special motivational tools that brought the best out of his fighter in the seventh round. The former boxing champion had a few choice words for Menard heading into the final round and finished his talk with two hard slaps to the face.
That was enough for Menard.
“I started slacking and Chad pulled the slack out of me and I got the victory,” said Menard.
“This is the second time I had to slap him in his face to make him fight and we get a knockout in the next round,” said Broussard. “But the shot that he landed... The boy he fought has five wins and four knockouts. He’s never been down in his life and he just got knocked slap out with a lead left hook.”
Two of Broussards three other fighters were also victorious on the night.
Jessie Patin improved to 4-0 with a second-round knockout of William Johnson in the opening bout.
“That’s the best Jessie Patin has ever fought in his life,” said Broussard of the Carencro native. “He kept his cool, kept his composure and never got carried away.”
Bailey Bobbit was also victorious, pulling out a majority decision over Memphis’ Tyrone Dowdy.
“I told Bailey not to let him (Dowdy) get close to you. You run like you stole something and he did what I told him,” said Broussard of Bobbit who landed punches in spurts while eluding the power-punching Dowdy.”
Joe Winters suffered the only loss in Broussard’s stable of fighteres. Winters, fighting out of Greensville, Miss., lost a unanimous decision to Golden Meadows’ power-puching Randy Cheramie. It was Cheramie’s professional debut and just Winters’ second fight.
“Joe has trained with us the last three weeks,” said Broussard. “It just looked like he couldn’t cross the road. He could go halfway, but then he’d come back home. It was a difficult fight for him.”
In other fights, Henry Mitchell defeated John Trigg in a split decision to claim NBA Junior welterweight Intercontinental Championship and Bobby Bryant knocked down Randy Freeman three times in the first round to win by TKO.
The final fight out the night, 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Deontay Wilder knocked out Dan Sheehan midway through the first round in a heavyweight bout. Wilder is now 14-0 in his professional career.