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Mendez, Barthelemy Make Weight For ESPN2 Headliner

By Jake Donovan

Argenis Mendez and Rances Barthelemy both made weight for their 130 lb. title fight, which takes place Friday at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Mendez came in at a trim and ready 128.5 lb, while Barthelemy tipped the scales at a lean 129 lb. Their scheduled 12-round affair headlines the 2014 season premiere of ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. 

Both fighters were involved in disputed decisions bookending the 2013 Friday Night Fights season. Mendez (21-2-1, 11KO) was held to a controversial 12-round draw versus Arash Usmanee in the season finale, a bout that many felt should have gone in favor of the champion.

Barthelemy (19-0, 12KO) managed to land in favor of the judges in his own showdown with Usmanee, scoring a controversial unanimous decision in a bout many felt should have been the first loss for the unbeaten Cuban. 

Despite being declared the victor, Barthelemy still had to sit back and watch his conquered foe receive a title shot before him. The sequence was viewed as justice in the court of public opinion, though he eventually earned his title shot with a 2nd round knockout of Fahsai Sakreerin, which also aired on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights late last June. 

Mendez won the title with an emphatic 4th round knockout of Juan Carlos Salgado in their rematch last March. The feat served as revenge for a points loss to Salgado on the road in Mexico in their Sept. '11 vacant title fight. 

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as the Records Keeper for the  Transnational Boxing Ratings Board   and a member of  Boxing Writers Association of America   .   Twitter:  @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by illpapi on 01-04-2014

[QUOTE=kozone;14097814]What's up lets talk!!![/QUOTE] I've done way too much talking in all the other threads. Props to Barthelemy.

Comment by kozone on 01-03-2014

[QUOTE=illpapi;14094637]Ooohhh...The comedy...it's just hilarious! Let's talk tomorrow.[/QUOTE] What's up lets talk!!!

Comment by Frank Ducketts on 01-03-2014

Welcome to the big time Mr Barthelemy!

Comment by DannYankee on 01-03-2014

[QUOTE=illpapi;14096551]I was only kidding but I think one factor is that people give too much credit to every cuban boxer because they are good. I, too, am a fan of Cuban boxing. But I also believe that Mendez's skills are…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 01-03-2014

[QUOTE=illpapi;14096551]I was only kidding but I think one factor is that people give too much credit to every cuban boxer because they are good. I, too, am a fan of Cuban boxing. But I also believe that Mendez's skills are…

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