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Mendez-Barthelemy, Truax-Ennis Kick Off ‘FNF’ Season

by David P. Greisman

The 2014 season opener of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” will have a 130-pound title fight between Argenis Mendez and Rances Barthelemy in the main event, supported by a co-feature bout pitting middleweight Caleb Truax against Derek Ennis.

The card will take place Jan. 3 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, according to a person involved with the card, who spoke on the condition of anonymity as the show has not yet been officially announced.

Mendez, 27, won the International Boxing Federation world title this past March with a knockout of Juan Carlos Salgado. His first defense came in August, a bout with Arash Usmanee that ended as a majority draw. He is 21-2-1 with 11 knockouts.

Barthelemy, 27, is 19-0 with 12 knockouts and is coming off a June 2013 knockout of Fahsai Sakkreerin in an elimination bout that earned him this world title shot. Barthelemy-Sakkreerin was the main event of a “Friday Night Fights” card at the Minneapolis Convention Center that had Truax’s win over Don George in the co-feature (Truax is from Minnesota).

Truax, 30, last fought in September, scoring a technical knockout over Cerrosso Fort and moving to 23-1-1 (14 KOs).

Ennis, 33, lost a majority decision to Jonathan Gonzalez this past January and dropped to 23-4-1 (13 KOs).

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Hougigo on 11-18-2013

Does ESPN FNF have a good relationship with the IBF? That's like the third title fight in a year there

Comment by jov6388 on 11-18-2013

[QUOTE=illpapi;13941625]Man...I am 100 percent with you on this! But I think it goes back to something I have been saying about his manager Jose Nunez. His manager is the same as Guzman and it has been well known (aside from…

Comment by illpapi on 11-18-2013

[QUOTE=jov6388;13941138]am i the only one that thinks Mendez vs Barthelemy should be a undercard of HBO Line up ... espicially with it mightbeing Micky Garcia oppenent in the future be good to give them a bigger platform[/QUOTE] Man...I am 100…

Comment by bojangles1987 on 11-18-2013

Mendez's draw against Usmanee was such sh*t. Mendez clearly won that fight and got jobbed hard.

Comment by Respect Power on 11-18-2013

I thought barthelemy got a gift decision a couple of fights ago. But he looked good in his last outing . Looking forward to the fight

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