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Mendez-Barthelemy II set for July 10 in Miami

Iron Mike Promotions (IMP) is bringing “Judgment Day” to Miami as International Boxing Federation (IBF) Junior Lightweight Champion Argenis “La Tormenta” Mendez (21-1-1, 11 KOs) defends his world title Thursday night, July 10, in a rematch of a controversial fight last January against undefeated #1 contender Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs). Barthlemy knocked out Mendez with punches illegally thrown after the bell ending the second round. Mendez’ promoter, IMP, appealed the decision and the fight was ruled a “no contest” with the IBF mandating a rematch. IMP won the IBF purse bid to promote Mendez-Barthelemy II, which will air July 10 on Fox Sports 1 live from American Airlines Arena in Miami.

“You don’t always get a second chance to correct a mistake, but we were able to get Argenis a rematch,” promoter “Iron” Mike Tyson said. “Hopefully, he will take advantage of this opportunity.”

The 27-year-old Mendez, fighting out of Brooklyn, was a 2004 Dominican Republic Olympian. He had an incredible 238-13 amateur record, highlighted by a gold-medal performance at the prestigious Pan-American Games, as well as winning a silver medal at the 2005 World Championships. Mendez captured the IBF crown March 9, 2013, stopping defending champion Juan Carlos Salgado in the fourth round.

Warriors Boxing-promoted Barthelemy, also 27, is a former Cuban Junior National Champion who lives in Miami. He became Mendez’ original mandatory challenger by way of a second-round knockout of Fahsai Sakkreerin last June.

World light heavyweight contender Humberto “El Don” Savigne (12-1, 9 KOs) will face a top opponent to be determined in the co-feature. Savigne is rated #3 in world by the WBC. The Cuban native, who now lives in Miami, is riding a 10-fight win streak, resulting in three regional title belts in his collection: WBO Latino, WBA Fedelatin and WBC FECARBOX.

Also scheduled to fight on the Fox Sports 1 show is welterweight sensation Erickson “Hammer” Lubin (5-0, 5 KOs), who was considered Team USA’s top overall prospect for the 2016 Olympics prior to him signing an exclusive promotional contract with IMP last October 1 on his 18th birthday. Now living in Miami, as an amateur, the exciting southpaw was the 2012 National PAL Champion.

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