BAY ST. LOUIS, MS – Hollywood Casino Bay St. Louis and Promoter Leslie Bonanoof “Brawlin in N’awlins” have teamed up again to produce another outstandingprofessional boxing card scheduled for Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 8p.m.
The main event features Will “Kid Fire” McIntyre, (40wins, 4 losses, 1 draw) from Covington, Louisiana, will battleBlake “Candyman” Prevost, (15 wins, 2 losses) from Lafayette,Louisiana. McIntyre, the pride of the North Shore, is the formerNorth American Boxing Association Super MiddleweightChampion. He defeated Shawn Lanberg in a 12-round decision tocapture the NABA Title. He also earned the IBA Light Heavyweight Championship by outpointing Zane Marks in their 12-round battle at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, LA.
McIntyre is currently a Sergeant with the Folsom, LA Police Department. McIntyre hastwice fought for Major World Boxing Championships. He lost to Dana Rosenblatt in atough 12-round decision for the IBA World Title at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket,CT. Joe Calzaghe, a former unbeaten “pound for pound” Champion, stopped McIntyre inhis quest for the WBO Title in their bout which was held in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Blake Prevost has an outstanding career both in and outof the ring. He fought in the Olympic Trials and lost a closebout with Jermaine Taylor, the eventual Gold MedalChampion. Prevost is a Marine Corps Veteran who wascrowned ALL MARINE CORPS CHAMPION three of the fouryears which he represented the Corps. Blake, a slick southpaw,is a dedicated professional who has run up the very impressive Pro Record of 15 winsagainst only 2 losses. He lost his last bout on September 24th at the Paragon IndianCasino, Marksville, LA, due to a massive head butt. Prevost is looking forward to apossible rematch with Romero Johnson, who was awarded the win by TechnicalDecision. Whether or not he gets the rematch, Blake plans to make a serious runat a World Championship in 2011 provided he can find a way to defeat McIntyre. “Themain event should be a real slugfest,” said promoter, Bonano.
Heavyweight BobbyO’Bannon (8 wins, 3 losses), adevastating puncher who moveswith the agility of a Middleweight,will slug it out with Mixed MartialArts Specialist John Brown (7 wins, 3 losses) in a six round battle. O’Bannon from Mobile,Alabama, is a crowd favorite, who kept fans on their feet in previous Hollywood CasinoEvents. It may be all he can handle as he goes face to face with Brown from Biloxi,Mississippi. This bout is rapidly becoming the talk of the Gulf Coast because it features anexperienced Boxer versus an aggressive MMA fighter.
The female bout is a four round match up between two 185 poundladies. Sidney Leblanc from New Orleans, Louisiana, will be making herPro Debut against Lamar Iverson from Akron, Ohio (1 win, 0 losses.)Marcus McDaniel (4 wins, 0 losses) will be returning toHollywood Casino to take on an as yet to be determined opponent.This 163 pound New Orleans native is already gaining a reputationfor being the best pound for pound boxer in the area.
Vincent Burkhalter, now under the new management of theDupree Strickland Gym will be traveling from Slidell, Louisiana, and looking to upset NewOrleans boxer Jamont “Do Wop” Bourgeois (2 wins, 1 loss) in their four round bout.Medzhid Vbektemirov (4 wins, 0 losses,) a native of Wakachola, Russia, who isfighting out of Houston, Texas, is looking to improve his record by battling Cleoney Fuqua(2 wins, 3 losses) of Columbus, Mississippi. The 163 pound Fuqua, who fought a greatbattle in his last Hollywood Casino appearance, is looking to upset the highly toutedRussian.
Don’t miss Live Boxing at Hollywood Casino Bay St. Louis. Hurry! Tickets are $20,$50 and $100 and on sale now at the Gift Shop or call 1-800-229-2683. MATCHES,FIGHTS AND FIGHTERS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. Must beat least 21 to attend. Visit www.hollywoodcasinobsl.com.