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 Last update:  12/10/2013       Read more by Reynaldo Sanchez         
   
Argenis Mendez Eyes Unification With Mikey Garcia
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By Reynaldo Sanchez

The current world super featherweight champion of the International Boxing Federation (IBF), Argenis "La Tormenta" Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs), says the only fight that will keep him at 130 pounds, would be a unification fight against Miguel "Mikey" Garcia (33-0, 28 KOs), the world champion of the World Boxing Organization (WBO).

On January 3 in Minneapolis, Mendez will defend his IBF crown against mandatory challenger Rances Barthelemy. For the last four weeks, Mendez has been training in Florida at the Iron Mike Productions gym with his coaches John David Jackson, Derik Santos and physical conditioning Axel Murillo.

Garcia will return on January 25th at the Theater in New York's Madison Square garden against Juan Carlos Burgos.

If Mendez does not get a shot at Garcia, he will likely move up to the lightweight division.

"The only fight at 130 pounds that would force me to make the sacrifice of getting down in weight again is a unification fight against Mikey Garcia. If that fight is not done, I will look for a title fight at 135 in 2014. Enough of looking comfortable opponents, I think the fans are eager to see fights between the champions in all of weight divisions to determine who is the best in each weight category," Mendez said.

"Let's give the boxing fans the best fights in each division. If you are a true world champion, you must fight the best to confirm that you are the true champion of the division. Mikey Garcia is a great fighter and a good person. I know Robert and Mikey, and they are very good people and friends, but this is a business and nothing personal. We should do that fight and determine who is boss at 130 pounds."

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comment by illpapi, on 12-11-2013
[QUOTE=racostaa]Did he already won Barthelemy?. Barthelemy is not and elite fighter but he is Cuban and lately you know what happens with Cubans boxing school and those hype hope boxers in this sport jaja[/QUOTE] Yeah, the only problem is that Mendez is no hype and really no one is hyping him ...

comment by 619 southpaw, on 12-10-2013
good fight I would favor mikey but mendez has serious skills man very under rated

comment by ShoulderRoll, on 12-10-2013
I love unification fights. This one should happen.

comment by .:: JSFD26 ::., on 12-10-2013
[quote=CubanGuyNYC] Quote: Originally Posted by racostaa Did he already won Barthelemy?. Barthelemy is not and elite fighter but he is Cuban and lately you know what happens with Cubans boxing school and those hype hope boxers in this sport jaja Nope. Argenis fights Ranses on January 3. He ...

comment by chepboxingking, on 12-10-2013
I don't give many a shot at beating Mickey at 130-135, But I could see Mendez giving him some problems. Mendez has underrated defense and is a very good counter puncher. Would love to see the fight happen

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