On Friday, October 14, 2011, Les Bonano’s “BRAWLIN IN N’AWLINS” delivered high octane boxing excitement to fans in attendance at the Sigur Center located in St. Bernard Parish.
The Boxing Action at BRAWLIN IN DA PARISH kept many fans on their feet throughout the card and was enjoyed by all who witnessed this outstanding evening of Professional Boxing. The Sigur Center is one of the finest venues for boxing in the State.
Raphael “The Cajun Connection” Pedro, fighting out of Golden Meadow, LA, who now sports a record of 21 wins, 9 losses, 1 draw, with 15 KO’s, was very confident of victory at the weigh-in. He screamed at Bobby “BO – BO” O’Bannon that he was going to knock him out! Pedro did just that with an overhand right that dropped O’Bannon so hard that the ring shook. When O’Bannon lifted his head, it appeared that his eyes were looking in different directions. He attempted to rise and went to sleep. O’Bannon was devastated by Pedro’s real knockout punch.
Winner of the opening bout of the night was Super Heavyweight Kelvin Price from Lafayette, LA, who improved his record to 12 wins, 0 losses with 7 big KO’s. In the 1st round Price excited the crowd by quickly dropping his opponent twice. The crowd roared in the 2nd round when Stacey Frazier, who fights out of Atlanta, GA, hurt Price with a left hook and forced toe – to – toe action. Price knew then that Frazier had power in both hands so he boxed his way to a unanimous 6-round decision. Price looked to be very sharp and in excellent condition as Frazier pursued in putting up a good fight. Price’s hand speed led him to victory in a battle by two giants who came to fight.
Badohir Mamajanov improved his record to 5 wins, 0 losses, 0 draws by scoring a unanimous decision in their 4-round bout. Fighting out of Houston, TX, Mamajanov showed that he is a classy fighter with a lot of experience. He should be tagged as a can’t miss lightweight prospect – one that will be certain to return to battle before the many fans that he impressed. Wiloughby was game and crowd pleasing, but he was up against an experienced boxer.
Jamond “DOO WOP” Bourgeois, from New Orleans, moved to 4 wins against 1 loss by defeating Tyi Edmonds, who was making his pro debut. Scores were 39 – 37, 37 – 39 and 39 – 37. Every round was action-packed, a true slugfest that had the crowd on its feet! Doo Wop’s superior hand speed and combination punching ability made the difference in this battle. In defeat, Edmonds put up an excellent fight and showed that he has the ability to be a good prospect for the future.
Marcus McDaniels, from New Orleans, record moved to 6 wins with 0 losses. His hand speed and shoe shine movements were too much for a game Slidell’s Vince Burkhalter. McDaniels is clearly the current top boxing prospect in the New Orleans Area. Former outstanding New Orleans boxers Percy Pugh and Ronald Weaver handle his training. Bonano states that, “Marcus sticks out as a great prospect who’s test will come soon”. McDaniels is moving out of town for a stint in other gyms so as to be exposed to top rated sparring with rated fighters.
FEMALE HEAVYWEIGHT BATTLE-ROYALE TOP FIGHT ON CARD
Sydney ‘GINGER THE NINJA” Leblanc, from Gretna, LA and fighting at 187 pounds, had the fans screaming as she and 193 pound Saretha Bonner from Pensacola, FL battled in a toe – to –toe war that resulted in a unanimous decision victory for LeBlanc. Ginger landed a 3-punch combination in the 2nd round that floored the Roy Jones, Sr. trained and working her corner Bonner for an 8-count. LeBlanc should quickly move up quickly in the WIBC ratings as she definitely has what it takes to fight more experienced fighters. Even though she has just 1 win and 1 draw, LeBlanc’s ability is clear.
The show was a huge success: an estimated crowd of 1200 was treated to real professional boxing; a large group of Political leaders from St. Bernard Parish was in attendance; and Saints Hall of Famer Ricky Jackson took the mike to request more cards like this to come into the area.
The crowd gave a standing ovation when Percy Pugh from New Orleans and Jerry Pellegrini from St. Bernard were brought into the ring. These two fought twice in the former hay day of New Orleans Boxing.
Promoter Les Bonano, Event Coordinator J.T. Klump, and the Fight Guys, Steve Pardo, George Chin and Toby “Coach” Wattigney should all be congratulated for producing such an outstanding event.