Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico - World Boxing Organization (WBO) minimumweight world champion Wilfredo 'Bimbito' Mendez (16-1, 6 KOs), of Trujillo Alto, left this morning for the city of Las Vegas to continue his training at the Mayweather Boxing Club, with a goal to defend his world title for the third time on a date in May.
“I have been training light for several weeks and on Monday I start full training to fight possibly in May. They are already waiting for me, (Jean) ‘Lobo’ Torres and my coach “Yowy” (Yoel González), and what is coming is intensity in training. The important thing here is not to win a title, the important thing is to defend it and be a solid champion. My manager Raúl Pastrana hopes to announce the fight in a few weeks,” said‘ Bimbito Méndez.
‘Bimbito’ had planned to defend his world title last December in the Dominican Republic, but a health mishap prevented the fight from taking place.
“I was all ready to face Alexis Díaz, but after the weigh-in, my food went in bad and the vomiting didn't stop. It's like, swimming to die on shore. The frustration was great but thank God everything has turned out positive and I have the strength to move forward," said the world champion.
Menedz's manager, Raúl Pastrana, understands that an official announcement for the fight will be made very soon despite the current situation of the pandemic, among other factors.
“Of the 15 boxers classified by the WBO, 12 are from Asia and do not have the required documents to travel to the United States or cannot travel due to the pandemic. It has not been easy to be against the wall, but the light is already shining on the path we must take and ‘Bimbito’ will continue to give a lot of glory to Puerto Rico. At the very least, we plan to stage two 'Bimbito' defenses this year," Mendez said.