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Barthelemy Furious That Mendez May Vacate To Move Up

By Elisinio Castillo

Cuba's Rances Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KO) is furious with the rumors that Argenis Mendez (21-2-2, 11 KO) is planning to vacate his title and move up in weight to the lightweight division. Barthelemy scored a two round knockout of Mendez in January, but a protest had the decision changed to a no-contest when Minnesota Athletic Commission agreed that Barthlememy scored the knockout with two punches that came after the bell. A rematch was then ordered by the IBF.

"I'm hearing that Mendez could vacate the title, claiming he can no longer make the weight and health reasons,'' said Barthelemy told George Ebro. "That makes me very upset, because he and his people have made all of this trouble with the protest and then he won't defend his title as he should. If this is so, I think it is cowardly.

"I do not care about the other [champions], those can come later. My only interest is in Méndez. This is personal. I want to beat him for myself, for my family and for my people. He can escape away with weight, but the stain will be forever on his career."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PACnPBFsuck on 02-10-2014

I can see the IBF taking this belt to a fight that really matters.

Comment by kozone on 02-10-2014

[QUOTE=Respect Power;14222297]Yeah man ! He got rid of the loss and if he doesn't rematch . Bytch move . Even at a catch it would be better than nothing ..[/QUOTE] I don't get why he would do that I think…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 02-10-2014

I'm really tempted to say a few things about Mendez, but I'll bite my tongue until if or when this rumor becomes official. Mendez better not pull this bull[I]s[/I]hit.

Comment by MC Hammer on 02-09-2014

LMFAO. That's a dirty move, cleaning up your record then leaving him without a belt, but its ****ing hilarious. I can really picture Mendez giving a middle finger to Barthelemy as he cruises off to the next division

Comment by Respect Power on 02-09-2014

[QUOTE=.:: JSFD26 ::.;14222501]Thanks for clearing that up. Lol [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from Boxingscene.com App for Android[/I][/SIZE][/QUOTE] No problem . Green k sent for the trouble !! Lol

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