Menard won the UBO title in August of 2011 when he impressively stopped former WBO world title challenger Joseph Laryea from Ghana in four rounds. Menard has since stayed busy with clear victories in non-title fights over Rynell Griffin and Herbert Quartey. Residing in Rayne, Menard can expect massive support from his loyal fans during the Acadiana bout.
Coming in at 25 years old, two years senior than the champion, Smith comes from a strong boxing pedigree. His father, who also fought as “Lightning” Lonnie Smith, is a former light welterweight world champion (1985), and his uncle is former light heavyweight world champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad.
The Las Vegas native is out to emulate his dad and uncle by winning a world title of his own, and he will be going all out against Menard to fulfill his dream. Both boxers are in for a tough challenge, and with twenty-four knockouts between the two, it promises to be an explosive fight.
Also on the fight card will be interesting bouts featuring undefeated middleweight Travis Scott (9-0, 2 KO’s), undefeated lightweights Cody Richard (9-0-1, 4 KO’s) and Chris Singleton (4-0, 2 KO’s), light heavyweight prospect Bailey Bobbit (8-1, 5 KO’s), and Dylan Hollier who will make his professional debut.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and action begins at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket outlets include Cajun Fitness of Rayne, Planet Nitrition, and Red’s in Lafayette. General admission is $25 per person with VIP tables available by calling 337-298-7658 or by going to www.boxncar.com.