Live Boxing at Hollywood Bay St. Louis set for Jan. 22

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BAY ST. LOUIS, MS – Hollywood Casino Bay St. Louis and Promoter Leslie Bonano of “Brawlin in N’awlins” have teamed up again to produce another outstanding professional boxing card scheduled for Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 8 p.m.

The main event features Will “Kid Fire” McIntyre, (40 wins, 4 losses, 1 draw) from Covington, Louisiana, will battle Blake “Candyman” Prevost, (15 wins, 2 losses) from Lafayette, Louisiana. McIntyre, the pride of the North Shore, is the former North American Boxing Association Super Middleweight Champion. He defeated Shawn Lanberg in a 12-round decision to capture the NABA Title. He also earned the IBA Light Heavyweight Championship by out pointing 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 has twice fought for Major World Boxing Championships. He lost to Dana Rosenblatt in a tough 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 in his quest for the WBO Title in their bout which was held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Blake Prevost has an outstanding career both in and out of the ring. He fought in the Olympic Trials and lost a close bout with Jermaine Taylor, the eventual Gold Medal Champion. Prevost is a Marine Corps Veteran who was crowned ALL MARINE CORPS CHAMPION three of the four years which he represented the Corps.

Blake, a slick southpaw, is a dedicated professional who has run up the very impressive Pro Record of 15 wins against only 2 losses. He lost his last bout on September 24th at the Paragon Indian Casino, Marksville, LA, due to a massive head butt. Prevost is looking forward to a possible rematch with Romero Johnson, who was awarded the win by Technical Decision. Whether or not he gets the rematch, Blake plans to make a serious run at a World Championship in 2011 provided he can find a way to defeat McIntyre. “The main event should be a real slugfest,” said promoter, Bonano.

Heavyweight Bobby O’Bannon (8 wins, 3 losses), a devastating puncher who moves with the agility of a Middleweight, will slug it out with Mixed Martial Arts 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 Casino Events. 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 an experienced Boxer versus an aggressive MMA fighter.

The female bout is a four round match up between two 185 pound ladies. Sidney Leblanc from New Orleans, Louisiana, will be making her Pro Debut against Lamar Iverson from Akron, Ohio (1 win, 0 losses.) Marcus McDaniel (4 wins, 0 losses) will be returning to Hollywood Casino to take on an as yet to be determined opponent. This 163 pound New Orleans native is already gaining a reputation for being the best pound for pound boxer in the area.

Vincent Burkhalter, now under the new management of the Dupree Strickland Gym will be traveling from Slidell, Louisiana, and looking to upset New Orleans 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 is fighting 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 great battle in his last Hollywood Casino appearance, is looking to upset the highly touted Russian.

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 be at least 21 to attend. Visit www.hollywoodcasinobsl.com.

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