World Fighting Championships, the premier Boxing & MMA crossover promotional company in the United States, closes out a successful 2015 with WFC 45, Professional Boxing in Baton Rouge next Saturday, December 12th. Capital City favorite Travis Scott (18-1, 4KO) tops the card, which showcases both the home-grown Baton Rouge talent that has sold out every WFC boxing event this year, as well as some hard-hitting out of town fighters that are sure to impress local boxing fans.
In the main event, Travis Scott will face David Lujan in an eight round contest at Middleweight, fighting for the first time since experiencing his first loss to Zane Marks at WFC 43 in September. Not one to be deterred by adversity, Scott has resolved to return to his chess-like style in the ring. “I like to out-think my opponent,” said Scott. “In the fight with Zane, I was fighting a lot heavier than I normally fight. I had gone up a weight class to fight him. I can bang if I have to, and that’s what I tried to do with a bigger guy, but I’m returning to my natural style. I’m doubling up on my roadwork, getting in good sparring, and going back to out-thinking the other guy in the ring.”
In the co-main event, local favorite Justin Thomas faces Billy Bailey. In his last fight, also at WFC 43, Thomas rebounded from his first loss in his previous contest with a majority decision win over a game Joshua Robertson. Thomas has found a loyal fan base in the Baton Rouge fans, largely due to his exciting fighting style and commitment to helping the youth in the local community.
Rounding out the action, Henry Allen faces Devon Jones in a four round, lightweight fight. Heavyweight Keenan Hickman faces fellow undefeated fighter Harris Tucker over four rounds. Sammy Parker battles at cruiserweight with Lanny Dardar, and Cole Crumpler faces Antonio Gonzales. Undefeated in 18 bouts, Houston heavyweight Justin Jones will make also make his Capital City debut.
“2015 has been our best year yet, both in regards to boxing and MMA,” said Promoter Matt McGovern. “We have demonstrated that we can put together solid, sold out events, and that’s attracted some very exciting opportunities that we’re putting together for 2016.” The busy promotion boasted 13 events in 2015, five of which were boxing events. In 2016, there’s a possibility of doubling that number, with 20 boxing and MMA events already scheduled.
“We’re thrilled to be closing out the year at the Belle of Baton Rouge. They have been an excellent partner, and we’re looking forward to bringing more sold out events there next year,” said McGovern of ending the year at the Belle. “The fans in Baton Rouge have really come out to support their local talent, and the talent has delivered for them.”
Tickets are priced at $60 for VIP, and $30 for general admission, and are available via the WFC website at www.worldfightingchampionships.com.
Doors to the Atrium at the Belle of Baton Rouge open at 7:00 p.m. on fight night. First bell is at 8:00 p.m.