Found January 04, 2014 on
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Rances Barthelemy scored a controversial Round 2 KO victory over Argenis Mendez, bringing home the IBF strap for the super featherweight division in the process. It was controversial because while it goes down as a KO2 win, the final punches came several seconds after the bell which should have ended the round.
However, the referee wasn't in proper position and didn't jump right in to halt Barthelemy, who was in the midst of a combination. Barthelemy kept on throwing, the punches kept on coming, and the last one that landed, well beyond the round's official close, sent Mendez down for the second time in about 20 seconds. Mendez had no chance to get up from this one, as he stumbled and slipped and rolled over but couldn't lift himself onto his feet before the action was called off for good.
In earlier action, Caleb Truax was held to a draw against late sub journeyman Ossie Duran. The well traveled Duran put forth a good effort and the fight was certainly close. All th...
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Rances Barthelemy very well might have been on his way to a resouding win over top junior lightweight Argenis Mendez on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights. Instead he got a tarnished one with a knockout victory of Mendez that he earned after the bell rang to end the 2nd round.
These two and controversy go hand-in-hand on FNF; Barthelemy got a disputed win over Arash Usmanee to kick...
Tonight, ESPN's Friday Night Fights debuts for 2014, with an exciting card taking place at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A title is at stake in the main event between Argenis Mendez and Rances Barthelemy. In the co-feature, Caleb Truax looks to continue his hot streak against veteran late-sub opponent Ossie Duran. Check out the full weigh-in results for the event...
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - ESPN’s Friday Night Fights continued it’s season opening tradition of ending controversially and for the second year in a row it involves Rances Barthelemy. In the main event, Argenis Mendez looked to defend his IBF junior lightweight title against Barthelemy but found himself knocked out and stripped of the title after Mendez connected with several shots, including...
Friday Night Fights Returns and So Does the Controversy
On Friday, ESPN 2 kicked off their new season of Friday Night Fights from the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn. The main event pitted local unbeaten prospect Rances Barthelemy (20-0, 13 KOs) against Argenis Mendez (21-3-1, 11KOs) for Mendez’s IBF junior lightweight title. Barthelemy lived up to his nickname of Kid Blast...
Boxing started the new year with something which seems to go hand in hand with the sport - controversy. At the Target Center in Minneapolis on Friday night, the IBF super-featherweight championship changed hands when mandatory contender, Cuba's Rances Barthelemy, 20-0 (13), knocked out the defending champion Argenis Mendez, 21-3-1 (11), of the Dominican Republic at the end...
Argenis Mendez 128.5 vs. Rances Barthelemy 129 (IBF Junior Lightweight Championship)
All Times Eastern
Friday Night Fights, Minneapolis, MN
Rances Barthelemy vs. Argenis Mendez -- ESPN2, 9 p.m.
Savannah State at Baylor -- Fox Sports Net-National, 8 p.m.
Wisconsin at Illinois -- Big Ten Network, 8 p.m.
Oregon at Stanford -- Pac-12 Networks, 9 p.m.
Utah at UCLA -- Pac-12 Los Angeles, 9 p.m.