Marcus McDaniel didn’t predict a knockout, but he did promise a win.
The New Orleans middleweight kept his word Thursday and, in the process, kept his record perfect.
McDaniel (13-0, three KOs) danced around Joshua Robertson (7-11, two KOs), of Lynchburg, Virginia, and mixed an effective jab with a few strong body shots to secure an eight-round unanimous decision in the main event of the Brawlin’ in N’awlins boxing card at the Mel Ott Park Recreation Center in Gretna.
It was McDaniel’s first time competing since winning the IBA Americas middleweight championship at the Gretna Heritage Festival in 2013.
“It’s been a while since I last fought and people wanted me to knock this guy out, but the guy was tough,” McDaniel said.
Nonetheless, the Ninth Ward native is setting his sights on taking the next step.
“I’m ready for anyone now,” McDaniel added. “I’m ready to make some money and feed my family.”
In the co-main event, super middleweight Zane “The Train” Marks punished Thomas Allen with a flurry of body shots before unloading a vicious hook that busted open Allen’s nose. Allen fell to his knees in a pool of blood, and Marks walked away with a commanding TKO victory at 33 seconds into the second round.
Marks (19-7, 11 KOs) entered the bout with momentum after giving Travis Scott (18-1) the first loss of his career at the Belle of Baton Rouge in September.
“With every fight I have, I want to learn from it and always go back to the drawing board,” he said. “The Scott fight was a great opportunity, but it was just a piece of the puzzle, and so was this fight.”
On the undercard, Gretna’s Renard Oliver (1-0-2) captured the first win of his pro career with an unanimous decision over Galveston, Texas, boxer Chad Broussard (1-2).
Jonathan Steele (6-0) was too elusive for Tamooris Carter, but a punishing body shot helped him win by third-round TKO.
Heavyweight Jonathan Guidry defeated Jarred Markel by unanimous decision.
Cole Crumpler (3-0) won by TKO at 1:45 of the first round over Nickolas Bernard.
Austin Dulay (2-0) overpowered Devin Parker (1-3).