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Mendez, Barthelemy Make Weight For Title Fight Rematch

By Jake Donovan

Argenis Mendez and Rances Barthelemy both made weight for their 130 lb. title fight rematch Thursday evening at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

Mendez came in at 129.8 lb, slightly lighter than Barthelemy, who tipped the scales right at the 130 lb. limit for their sequel, which airs live on Fox Sports 1. 

The bout serves as a rematch to their controversial clash this past January. Barthelemy was originally ruled a knockout winner in what was thought to be his first title-winning effort. However, the 2nd round stoppage ruling was overturned to a No-Decision later in the month following a successful appeal by Mendez on the basis that the knockout blow came after the bell to end round two. 

Prior to the ending, Barthelemy was effortlessly handling Mendez, including an official knockdown in round two. The action was brief, but long enough to convince oddsmakers to tab the unbeaten Cuban as a considerable favorite heading into Thursday's showdown.

Mendez attempts the third defense of the 130 lb. belt he acquired last March. The title-winning effort came in a 4th round knockout of Juan Carlos Salgado, avenging a split decision loss in their vacant title match 18 months prior.

The stoppage of Salgado serves as the only win for Mendez over the course of his title reign, which has now run 17 months. Prior to the knockout loss-turned-No-Decision, Mendez was held to a disputed 12-round draw versus Arash Usmanee last August. 

The 130 lb. title fight headlines a scheduled tripleheader to air on Fox Sports 1. In the co-feature, once-beaten light heavyweight Humberto Savigne (12-1, 9KOs) faces badly faded former super middleweight titlist Jeff Lacy. The telecast opens with blue chip prospect Erickson Lubin (5-0, 5KOs) in his first scheduled eight-round bout, as the 18-year old faces veteran Noe Bolanos. 

Weights for the supporting bouts have not yet been reported back to Boxingscene.com.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BattleAxePurist on 07-12-2014

So where there any pics?

Comment by TBear on 07-10-2014

I can't see how Mendez can win this. What changes can he make that would end up with him not getting stopped. Glad this is being televised!

Comment by IMDAZED on 07-10-2014

[QUOTE=Loque-san;14741659]I think Mendez had trouble making weight last time, that's why he was getting hurt. He is a huge super featherweight yet he was 128.5 at the weigh-in. He must have weakened his body cutting too much weight. This time…

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 07-10-2014

This event is so f*cked up that they didnt event post pics or report the other weights. Anyway, the BScene Cuban Mafia about to be deep in there. 8 deep baby! :boxing:

Comment by kozone on 07-09-2014

[QUOTE=Drunk Punch;14741390]Mendez looked hurt with every single punch Barthelemy threw... he was lucky to get an NC because he was getting KTFO'd it was just a question of when. Unless he's had a titanium chin implant or plans to run…

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