Wilfredo "Bimbito" Mendez (16-1) will fight for the second time in 2020 on Wednesday night when he takes on Alexis Diaz (25-2) at the Hotel Catalonia Malecon Center in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
The WBO minimumweight champion was last in action in February when he stopped Gabriel Mendoza in 9 rounds in Panama. This will be the third title defense for the Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico native.
For this fight he trained in Las Vegas, Nevada and worked with world class strength and conditioning coach Angel "Memo" Heredia.
"He is in very good condition. He was able to do exercises that he has never done before. He did explosive drills and agility drills - things that help you not only with strength but also help you to react faster," Heredia told BoxingScene.com.
"He is in a small weight division and he is fast but not the fastest so I am trying to make him a little bit quicker and at the same time more explosive and maintain his endurance which has always been good. This camp was very good because he has a great work ethic. He gives you 100% everyday and never questions anything. He always does what he is told to do. I am very honored to work with a guy like that."
According to Herdia, there are big plans in store for Mendez. If everything goes well on Wednesday, the plan is to make a big fight in the first half of 2021.
He expects the 24-year-old to put on a spectacular performance and then build on that next year.
"This will be his third defense and he is hoping to get a unification fight in the future. His team is working on that for hopefully next year. He has been in Las Vegas for over 2 months while he was waiting on the date so he is in great shape and will show it on fight night," said Heredia.
Mendez is trained by Yowy Gonzalez and Carlos DeLeon Jr.
The card is being promoted by Shaun Boxing and will also feature Amanda Serrano taking on Dahiana Santana in a rematch. The Puerto Rican multi-division champion stopped in Santana in 8 rounds in 2017.
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