By Karl Freitag
The January 3 IBF jr lightweight fight between Rances Barthelemy and Argenis Mendez in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has officially been changed to a “no decision,” and as a result Mendez will be given back his IBF title. The Minnesota Office of Combative Sports now reflects the result change on their website. Barthelemy dropped Mendez near the end of round two, then connected with a clean combination just after the bell that knocked Menedez out. Barthelemy was announced as the new champion, but the Mendez camp successfully protested and the result was thrown out.
According to the official ruling issued by Ken B. Peterson, Commissioner of the Minnesota Depertment of Labor & Industry, “both parties agree that at least one punch was thrown after the bell signaling the end of round 2,” and “the referee’s ruling that Mr. Mendez had been legally knocked out was inadvertent through what can only be considered human error. Referee Podgorski acknowledges that he was getting into position, but the bell sounded while he was circling so his decision was based upon what he could hear and see at the time.”
In conclusion, the ruling states:
“The law requires that a Commissioner overrule the referee and enforce the plain language of the rules. For the purposes of the State of Minnesota, the boxing contest between Mr. ndez and Mr. Barthelemy is a No Decision.
“The State of Minnesota is indifferent regarding the issue of who is the holder of the Super Featherweight title of the International Boxing Federation as a result of this decision. The International Boxing Federation, not the State of Minnesota, has authority over its titles.”