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Mason Menard OTG Boxing Radio Transcript

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August 16, 2011 / BY UBO PRESS OFFICER

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On Friday August 19 “Rock Hard Mighty” Mason Menard (16-1, 12 KOs) squares off with dangerous Ghanaian Joseph Laryea (14-5, 11 KOs) for the vacant Universal Boxing Organization™ World lightweight title.


Laryea fought for the WBO World title in his last bout and has considerably more big-fight experience than the 22 year old from Rayne, Louisiana, so it will definitely be the biggest challenge of the local mans career.

Menard vs. Laryea takes place at the Cypress Bayou Casino in Charenton, Louisiana, not far from Menard’s home town. On Sunday August 14 Menard spoke to Suge Green on the On The Grind Boxing Radio show, about his upcoming fight and his career in general. The following is a transcript of the interview.

On how his preparations are going for the August 19 UBO World title fight against Joseph Laryea:

Mason Menard: Preparations are going great. I’m on a great diet, sleep, running, everything is on schedule and I am just feeling great.

On Joseph Laryea:

MM: I haven’t watched no films on him. My trainer has watched the film and I listen to what my trainer says. I am going to do as the gameplan that is provided for me. I am going to go in there and execute the gameplan.



On how he got his start in boxing:

MM: I got my start at eight years old. My father, my brother, my uncles, basically my family, all of them boxed. I just picked it up in the gym one day, liked it, stuck to it and continued with my amateur success.

On how long he competed as an amateur and when he had his first bout:

MM: I had my first amateur bout at eight years old, I competed all the way to the Olympic trials for the 2008 games. I lost in the Olympic trials, and from there I turned pro.  

On the transition from amateur to professional:

MM: It was great. You know, they always put you in there with someone to get your feet wet and it was great to come out with your first victory by kayo.

On fighting in front of his home area crowd in Louisiana:

MM: It’s great. I mean, to have your own people behind you, supporting you, rooting me on throughout the whole fight, when things get rough or when things are easy, it’s always great to have your people watching you. I never really got to fight too far out of town, so I can’t say that I really know the difference, but I know that having them behind me is a great feeling.

On the experience of losing his third professional fight (in August 2008 against Carl McNickles):

MM: well, when I got that knockout, I just sat home for the whole remainder of the weekend and I thought about what I did wrong and where did I go wrong. And I talked to my manager, who is also my trainer, “Bad” Chad Broussard, I talked to him and we figured things out how I acted before then. Going into the ring I was a show-off, and that is not the way to go about things. What it is is that God send me a message, to let me know that that’s not the way that you represent God in the ring. So now, walking to the ring I go in there with my head held high and I know I am going in there to handle business. After you handle business, then you can go and do whatever you want but I remain humble.

On winning the Louisiana State Lightweight Title:

MM: It was great capturing my first title, and I got to do it right here, at home, in Raine, Louisiana where I am from and with everybody in excitement when I won, because when I first lost it was at home. In my first eight fights, the biggest crowd I had was probably for my third fight (the one he lost), and I fell in front of them but they all came back to support me for my first title, and they all saw what I had accomplished and that I have grown bigger and better from the man that I was in my third fight to what I was in my title fight.

On his upcoming UBO World title fight:

It’s a wonderful feeling. I always had a dream of winning a world title fight, but I never thought that in my eighteenth professional fight that I would be fighting for a world title right here at home. I always imagined that it would be down the road when I am 25, 26, 27 years old, fighting in a different state in somebody else’s hometown having to try to take the title from him.


Boxncar Promotions presents “Friday Night Fury”, Mason Menard vs. Joseph Laryea for the UBO World Lightweight title. Tickets are $ 25,00 and are on sale now at Cypress Bayou Casino - www.cypressbayou.com and Ticketmaster - www.ticketmaster.com. Must be 21 years old to attend! Show starts at 7.30 PM.


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