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Argenis Mendez and Arash Usmanee battled to a 12-round draw Friday night at the Turning Stone Resort Casino.
Mendez (21-2-1) retained his IBF junior lightweight belt in the marquee attraction of Mike Tyson's first promotional fight card. Tyson, a member of the Boxing Hall of Fame, has organized an outfit called ''Iron Mike Productions,'' and his aim is to be a full-service agency for up-and-coming fighters, who can learn the sport, in and out of the ring, from one of the greatest.
Usmanee improved to 20-1-1 in the event, which was tabbed ''Tyson Is Back!''
In another bout, Jesus Andres Cueller (23-1) outlasted previously undefeated Claudio Marrero (14-1, 11 KOs) to win the vacant World WBA interim featherweight championship.
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IBF junior lightweight champion Argenis "La Tormenta" Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs) retained his title after battling challenger Arash Usmanee (20-1-1, 10 KOs) to an exciting 12-round majority draw during Friday's "Tyson Is Back!" event, live on the ESPN Friday Night Fights 2013 season finale, at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
Neither fighter hit...
(left to right: Argenis Mendez, event promoter Mike Tyson, Arash Usmanee; Tom Casino, Iron Mike Producions)
Disputed decisions involving Arash Usmanee served as bookends for this season of Friday Night Fights on ESPN2, and he's now been on both sides of the dispute. Few thought he deserved to lose the season debut to Rances Barthlemy back in January, and few thought he deserved...
Friday's season ending Friday Night Fights card from the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York is called Tyson is Back, as it's the promotional debut of Mike Tyson and Iron Mike Productions, as he formed a partnership with what was formerly Acquinity Sports.
The card featured Argenis Mendez vs. Arash Usmanee, and Claudio Marrero vs. Jesus Cuellar, and right here, you&...
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