Saturday night’s main event at the Belle of Baton Rouge features two light middleweights stepping out of their comfort zones to see where they belong in the division.
Baton Rouge’s Travis Scott is undefeated (12-0-0, 3 KOs) and will be facing his toughest competition to date.
Many Woods, from St. Petersburg, Fla., has faced more accomplished fighters, but has never fought outside of his home state.
“This is a big step up,” Scott said of his upcoming bout with Woods (10-2-1, 4 KOs). “I’m 12-0 now and want to get to the elite level. I want to see if I am what they say I am. There are bigger fights down the road.”
Scott’s biggest challenge thus far came outside of the ring when he was shot in the femoral artery during a robbery attempt in 2009. The injury set his boxing career back three years as he recovered. He had one bout in 2011 and four in 2012.
“People tried to rob me, and I don’t like giving up my money,” Scott said. “I got shot in the main artery in your leg, right through the thigh, with a .45. I’m not angry. I feel blessed and I thank God. I can still move. I can still box. I have my life right.”
He’s proven his health is not a factor, breezing to four victories in 2012.
In his last bout, a scheduled eight-round fight on Oct. 27 at the Belle of Baton Rouge, he won in with a first-round TKO.
The three previous bouts were all easy unanimous decisions. However, he has only fought four boxers with winning records.
Saturday he steps in with Woods who knocked out Roberto Valenzuela (65-64-2) in last fight and won a decision over Marco Primera (20-25-2) in his fight before that.
“This is a tough fight,” said Woods’ trainer Jim McLoughlin. “This is the best competition either one of these fighters has seen. My kid’s been in with tougher competition. He’s well prepared. He’s where he needs to be in his career. That’s why we’re stepping out of Florida.
“We need to see how reacts to someone else’s home crowd.”
Woods said he is excited about his first non-Florida bout.
“I’m looking forward to it, something new,” Woods said. “You never know what your pride is made of until you fight in someone’s backyard. I’ve never been to Baton Rouge. I’ve never seen him before. I don’t know anything about him. All I know is we have put in the work and are coming to Baton Rouge to do my job.”
The fight card is promoted by former Louisiana boxer Chad Broussard.
“Even though I’m not boxing anymore, I still love boxing,” Broussard said. “We have great fighters in Louisiana, and we’re going to bring boxing back to Louisiana.”
There are five bouts on the under card.
The first fight is scheduled for 8 p.m. The doors open at 7 p.m.
Other bouts on the card are: Chris Singleton, Baton Rouge, 7-0-0 (4 KOs), vs. Burthin Rousseau, Orlando, Fla., 1-6-1 (1 KO), lightweights.
Justin Thomas, Baton Rouge, 1-0-0 (1 KO) vs. Joshua Skiller, (debut); Demond Brock, New Orleans, 2-1-0, (2 KOs) vs. Calvin Smith, Alabama, 1-0-0; Terrance Dumas, New Orleans, 2-0-0 (2 KOs) vs. Alonzo Toney, Joplin, Mo., 2-17-0 (3 KOs); K Lon Spencer, Beaumont, 1-0-0 (1 KO) vs. Antron Pearson, Little Rock, Ark., 2-2-0 (1 KO).