Salgado-Mendez Will Get Exposure on Televisa, Not HBO

By Jake Donovan

The March 9 rematch between Juan Carlos Salgado and Argenis Mendez is confirmed for television coverage. In what capacity, remains largely open to debate.

Televisa is on board to air the 130 lb. title fight, which takes place at the OC Hangar in Costa Mesa, California. The bout serves in supporting capacity to a heavyweight title eliminator between Chris Arreola and Bermane Stiverne.

HBO cameras will be in the building for part of a split site tripleheader, which is headlined by Bernard Hopkins’ challenge of unbeaten light heavyweight titlist Tavoris Cloud. That bout takes place at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York.

A recent press release distributed by Salgado’s handlers stated that his bout will be part of the telecast and will simultaneously air live on Mexico’s Televisa.

Representatives from HBO have denied a deal has been reached, insisting that there is no validity to this claim. The plan is still to air a split-site show, but has yet to make a decision on whether or not the Salgado-Mendez fight will be part of the broadcast.

For the moment, the plan is for the March 9 telecast to begin in Brooklyn, shift locations to Costa Mesa for the Arreola-Stiverne bout and then back to Brooklyn for the Cloud-Hopkins main event.

The opening slot of the telecast is tentatively reserved for unbeaten prospect Keith Thurman, though pending a suitable opponent. Former welterweight titlist Jan Zaveck has been mentioned as a potential candidate, but is by no means a done deal at present time.

Neither Salgado nor Mendez have ever appeared on HBO. Their first bout – which took place in Mexico in Sept. 2011 and aired on Televisa – was a fan-friendly contest. Salgado jumped out to an early lead, large enough to barely survive a late rally from Mendez and a 12th round knockdown to escape with a split decision and a vacant 130 lb. title.

Mendez has since worked his way back into contention. A July ’12 repeat win over Martin Honorio – who lost to Salgado in his previous fight – earned the Dominican a mandatory title shot. Negotiations were extensive to secure the rematch, twice threatening to go to purse bid before a deal was reached to stage the fight in Southern California.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tito777 on 01-30-2013

Mendez is not gonna let this one fly this time. I see a stoppage or unamy decision. Slagado got his laugh but now its time for Mendez who got robbed in Mexico but its ok, we all kno who onw…

Comment by fceeviper on 01-29-2013

Juan Carlos Salgado vs Argenis Mendez will be a TV/fan friendly fight, HBO should not sleep on this one. I grantee that fight will be 100% exciting than Thurman vs TBA. :boxing:

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Photos: Dillian Whyte, Lucas Browne, Frank Buglioni - Workouts Ramirez-Imam Tripleheader Averaged Only 488K Viewers for ESPN Anthony Joshua Won’t Discuss What He'll Weigh for Parker Fight News: Klara Svennson Update, Rocco Wadell Back on April 21 Billy Joe Saunders vs. Martin Murray Moves To June 23rd Parker on Joshua: Somebody is Getting KO'd - It Won't Be Me! Prograis Sees 'Lots of Holes' in Jose Ramirez, Respects His Chin Mikey Garcia Explains Why He'd Want Spence Bout Over Crawford Jose Ramirez vs. Amir Imam: Afterthoughts Liam Smith: I Think Ali Might Be Tougher Fight Than Miguel Cotto Hughie Fury: I'll Be World Champion, I'm a World Level Fighter! Kudratillo Abdukakhorov Rising in Ranks After Malaysia Win Whyte Shakes Head: Joshua is Not Going To Fight Wilder Next Sanchez: If Canelo Dominates Golovkin, I'll Admit GGG Got Old Ismael Salas Denies Rumors of Split With Jorge Linares March Madness shocker yields memories of giant ring surprises Ellerbe Concerned, Would Advise Mayweather To Avoid MMA McGregor Opens as 10-1 Favorite in Mayweather MMA Fight Wilder: I'm Convinced Joshua, Hearn Are Definitely Scared of Me! Buitrago Pulled From Hard Rock Card Over Murder For Hire Beef Frampton Slams Quigg, Not Buying His Excuse For Missing Weight Golden Boy Matchmaker Reacts to 'Neno' Calling Out Ryan Garcia Kautondokwa is Ready For War on Namibian Independence Card Roach Impressed With Jose Ramirez, Wants to Improve Defense Lolenga Mock, Mogens Palle Part Ways Over Money Isaac Ekpo, Rafael Mensah Train With McKinley, Praise Don King Povetkin's Manager: Drug Tests in Order, No Worries For Price Alberto Melian Drills Countryman Julian Aristule in Two Rounds Felix Verdejo's Trainer Expects His Fighter To Return Stronger Michael Dutchover Continues Winning Run at Doubletree Joshua vs. Parker - Giuseppe Quartarone Confirmed as Referee Sadam Ali vs. Liam Smith Finalized For May 12, Turning Stone Anthony Crolla vs. Edson Ramirez Set For Joshua-Parker Card Photos: Whyte, Browne - Get Very Heated on 'Gloves Are Off' News: Sven Fornling, Brian Ceballo, Nikolai Potapov, More Daniel Jacobs vs. Maciej Sulecki - Undercard Information Arthur Abraham: I'm Not Ready To Retire, I Want World Title Again Joseph Parker: I'm Going To Come in Light and Fast vs. Joshua Gvozdyk: Stevenson is 40 & Inactive; Not Sure He'll Beat Jack Liam Smith: Canelo Ruined Legacy, Look How His Body Changed!

Latest Active Forum Threads