On a show promoted by Boxncar Promotions in
cooperation with Big Punch Promotions, Menard
improved his professional record to 17-1 (13),
while former WBO Inter-Continental Champion Laryea
dropped to 14-6 (11).
In his last bout prior to facing Menard, Laryea
lost by TKO 7 in a WBO World title fight to Ricky
Burns in Scotland, so getting the job done quicker
is a significant achievement by the 22-year-old
Menard fought in his typical all-action pressure
style, and took the fight to Laryea from the
start, landing with quick combinations to body and
head. Laryea tried to make it his fight by keeping
his distance and using his range to outbox Menard
from a distance, but Menard often managed to get
under his opponents straight punches to land his
With a near sellout crowd cheering him on, Menard
fought an excellent fight and did a nice job of
following the gameplan laid out by trainer and
manager Chad Broussard. Menard clearly landed the
more telling blows, but Laryea was always
dangerous and his significant power in both hands
kept things interesting even as the local favorite
was outworking the African visitor.
But as early as the third round it looked like it
would be a long night for Laryea, and he was
having a hard time keeping his opponent at bay.
Menard continued to shift from body to head with
lightning quick combinations, and Laryea didn’t
seem to have any answers for the speed.