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Rite Hook Promotions brings boxing back to Hard Rock Casino

RITE HOOK PROMOTIONSCruiserweight prospect Mike Bissett, left, shown with head trainer Jake Thomas, will fight at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi on Saturday.
RITE HOOK PROMOTIONSCruiserweight prospect Mike Bissett, left, shown with head trainer Jake Thomas, will fight at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi on Saturday.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is hosting a professional boxing card on Valentine's weekend.

Valentine's Massacre, a 10-card event promoted by Rite Hook Promotions, will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The main event is a six-round cruiserweight showdown between Biloxi's Mike Bissett (9-8, 7 KOs) and Rodney Moore (17-10-2, 7 KOs). Bissett has faced tough competition, including 2012 U.S. Olympic boxer Michael Hunter. Moore has been knocked out only once in his career.

The co-featured bout is a contest between Bobby Bryant and Louis Leija (21-15). Despite a 15-0 record, Bryant hasn't fought since 2012. Leija's record is misleading because several of his losses were against former world champions Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Derrick Gainer.

Another headlining bout is Manny Woods (13-4-1) against Aaron Anderson in a six-round junior middleweight contest. Woods has won three of his last four bouts and could vault himself into big fights at the 154-pound weight class.

Welterweights Joey Bryant (14-0, 10 KOs) and Justin Brunetti (4-3-1, 2 KOs), lightweight Justin Pauldo (5-1, 3 KOs), super welterweight Keandrae Leatherwood (15-3-1, 10 KOs) will all fight in separate bouts against opponents to be determined.

William Hunter of Rite Hook Promotions expects a strong turnout, similar to the May 2 card at the Hard Rock.

"Last time, we had a standing-room-only crowd and everybody was asking about our next show," he said. "I look forward to showcasing great talent with this card and all of our future events. A lot of these fighters will be in TV bouts in the near future. "

Rite Hook held a card in Biloxi on May 2, the same night as the Pay-per-view welterweight championship bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. After the card ended, Hard Rock aired the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout.

"We were the only other promoter in America running a card that night," Hunter said.

Tickets start at $20 and are on sale at Ticketmaster and the Hard Rock Casino box office. Children must be accompanied by adults 30 or older.

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