|Real name||Argenis Alexander Méndez Zapata|
|Rated at||Super featherweight|
July 3, 1986 |
San Juan de la Maguana, San Juan, Dominican Republic
|Wins by KO||11|
Argenis Méndez (born Argenis Alexander Méndez Zapata; July 3, 1986 in San Juan de la Maguana) is a Dominican professional boxer best known for winning the silver medal at the junior world championships in 2004. He is currently being promoted by Iron Mike Productions. He is a former IBF Super Featherweight champion.
Early life and amateur career
Argenis Mendez started boxing at the age of 12. Mendez won featherweight silver at the World Junior Championships 2004 where he beat Eddy Flores Cotilla but lost to Eduard Ambartsumyan, in the final.
He lost in the first round of the Olympics in 2004 against the Ukrainian, Maksym Tretyak. Mendez qualified for the Olympic Games by ending up in first place at the 2nd AIBA American 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Defeated Naskali Jyri Jarmo on points, 20-8 at the 2005 World Amateur Boxing Championships, but lost early against Russian amateur standout Aleksei Tishchenko who had beaten him earlier in the year.
He debuted in 2006, knocking out Jose Fonseco in the second round at Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Achieving a 12 fight win streak, mainly at super featherweight, until losing a close split decision to Jaime Sandoval, wherein he knocked down Sandoval in the first round.
He came back to win 6 consecutive fight including 12-round decision victories over fringe contender Martin Honorio and former IBF super featherweight champion Cassius Baloyi. Mendez fought Honorio on May 8, 2010 in the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, winning a close majority decision with scores, of 114-114,116-112, and 116-112. Honorio pressured Mendez using body attacks, while Mendez used his superior hand speed and combination punching to counter Honorio. In an IBF super featherweight title eliminator, Mendez fought Baloyi in Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa on January 29, 2011. Mendez won a unanimous decision victory, with scores of 117-110, 117-110, and 117-111, outclassing the former champion with his speed, and combination punching.
Argenis Mendez finally got his chance for the vacant IBF super featherweight against former World Boxing Council super featherweight champion and Jorge Linares conqueror Juan Carlos Salgado. On September 10, 2011, at Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico, Mendez lost a close decision victory to Salgado. Both boxers landed good combination punches, and fought competitively. Mendez lost a point in the fifth round for hitting behind the head, but was able to drop Salgado in the final round.
Professional boxing record
|21 Wins (11 Knockouts), 3 Defeats, 1 Draw, 1 No Contest|
|Loss||21-3-1-(1)||Rances Barthelemy||UD||12||2014-07-10||American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida||Lost IBF Super Featherweight title.|
|NC||21-2-1-(1)||Rances Barthelemy||ND||2 (12), 2:59||2014-01-03||Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota||For IBF Super Featherweight title.
Original KO loss, result overturned after appeal by Mendez's team was successful.
|Draw||21-2-1||Arash Usmanee||MD||12||2013-08-23||Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York||Retained IBF Super Featherweight title.|
|Win||21-2||Juan Carlos Salgado||KO||4 (12)
|2013-03-09||The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California||Won IBF Super Featherweight World Title.|
|Win||20-2||Martin Honorio||UD||12||2012-07-21||Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida||IBF Super Featherweight World Title Eliminator.|
|Win||19-2||Alex Perez||TKO||2 (12)
|2011-11-18||Hotel Jaragua, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic|
|Loss||18-2||Juan Carlos Salgado||UD||12||2011-09-10||Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Zapopan, Jalisco||For vacant IBF Super Featherweight World title.|
|Win||18-1||Cassius Baloyi||UD||12||2011-01-29||Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa||IBF super featherweight title eliminator.|
|Win||17-1||Shamir Reyes||UD||8||2010-07-28||BB King Blues Club & Grill, New York, New York, United States|
|Win||16-1||Martin Honorio||MD||12||2010-05-08||Home Depot Center, Carson, California, United States||Won vacant USBA super featherweight title|
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- Woods, Michael. "Agbeko out, so who's No. 1 on the NY P4P Top 5?". Retrieved 20 January 2012.
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Juan Carlos Salgado
|IBF Junior Lightweight Champion
March 9, 2013 – January 3, 2014
|IBF Junior Lightweight Champion
January 30, 2014 – July 10, 2014