By Jesse Kelley at ringside
Unbeaten Rances Barthelemy (20-0, 13 KOs) scored a second round KO and dethroned IBF junior lightweight champion Argenis Méndez (21-3-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Barthlemy dropped Mendez near the end of round two, then connected with a clean combination at or just after the bell that knocked Menedez out. Time was 2:59. After the fight, promoter Mike Tyson said Barthlemy clearly hit his man twice after the bell, and stated he would call for a rematch.
In the first televised fight of 2014, hometown middleweight favorite Caleb “Golden” Truax (23-1-1, 14 KOs) and Ossie “The Ghanaian Gladiator” Duran (28-11-3, 11 KOs) battled to a hard fought ten round draw. Judges scored it 95-95 on all cards.
Welterweight prospect Erickson Lubin (2-0, 2 KOs) blew away Luis Santiago (4-1, 1 KO) in 61 seconds. Lubin was considered a top medal candidate for the 2016 Olympics before being signed by Iron Mike Productions.
In a clash between unbeaten jr middleweights, Javontae Starks (8-0, 5 KOs) scored a six round split decision over Limberth Ponce (6-1, 4 KOs). Starks dropped Ponce in round two and won by scores of 57-56, 57-56 Starks, 57-56 Ponce.