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Argenis Mendez: That Was No Draw, I Beat Anthony Peterson

Maryland - The night also featured Anthony Peterson (37-1-1, 24 KOs), Lamont's brother, as he fought to a split-draw against former champion Argenis Mendez (25-5-2, 12 KOs) in a back-and-forth super lightweight showdown.
 
Peterson established his movement early on as he looked to pick his spots to attack Mendez with combinations to the head and body. Peterson flashed good speed and was the busier fighter especially early, often putting Mendez on the defensive during flurries in the first half of the fight.

"I could have thrown more punches in the first half of the fight," said Mendez. "I think that was the difference, but I don't think you can win the fight on the run.I knew that I was on his home turf and it was in my mind to do a little bit extra. Peterson is a great fighter and he's good for the sport so I knew that I had to push the fight."

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Mendez began the fight looking to counter, but picked up his offense working off of a jab that swelled up Peterson's left eye in the late rounds of the fight. Mendez was able to land with left hooks and uppercuts to open up his offense as the fight went on.
 
"Last night was actually the first night I really studied Mendez's fights and I knew he was good and slick," said Peterson. "There were times I didn't engage cause of his countering. I took my time and used my jab and moved."
 
While Peterson held a robust 137 to 83 advantage in punches landed, it was only a six punch difference in power punches landed. After 10 rounds all three judges saw the fight differently, with one score of 96-94 for each fighter and the third judge scoring it 95-95 resulting in the split draw.
 
"I didn't think it was a draw," said Mendez. "I know every round was close, but I think I won the fight. I don't want to say it was easy but I think I won comfortably. He was running the whole fight and I was trying to throw counterpunches and catch him."
 
"I can't be that disappointed because I didn't lose, but I was just happy to fight in front of my fans," said Peterson. "I've been out of the ring for a long time and I think did okay, but if the judges saw a draw they saw a draw. I'm not mad about it."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Squ□redCircle34 on 03-25-2019

How did Anthony get robbed in his own hometown? I thought it was close but clearly I like Anthony’s accuracy and movement better than the affective aggression and power punches or Mendez! This is what happens when your not active,…

Comment by Letmaku on 03-25-2019

[I][/I]Some judges dislike back foot fighters except Floyd Mayweather.

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