By Ricardo Conde
Talented super featherweight contender Argenis Mendez (15-1, 9 KO’s) of the Dominican Republic, under the watchful eye of former junior lightweight champ, Robert Garcia in Oxnard, CA, will take on Martin “El Brochas” Honorio (28-4-1, 14 KOs’) of Mexico on Saturday May 8th in the co-feature bout of “The Weight is Over” which will be headlined by Paul “The Punisher” Williams (38-1, 27 KO’s) taking on Kermit “The Killer” Cintron (32-2-1, 28 KO’s) at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA, Williams vs. Cintron will be televised by HBO World Championship Boxing. The 23-year-old Mendez will face Honorio in a 12 round bout in the super featherweight division which is being presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, in association with DiBella Entertainment.
We had a moment to sit down and talk to Mendez as he prepares for his upcoming bout, here’s what he had to say:
Q: You’re currently preparing for your next fight, which will be against Martin Honorio, what do you know about your opponent and what’s your opinion of him as a fighter?
A: I know that he’s a fighter with a lot of experience, he’s a good fighter, and I can’t say he isn’t because he is. It’s going to be an interesting fight, but with my speed and skill I don’t think he’ll be able to keep up and I’m in really great shape, that’s why I came here to train with Robert Garcia because I knew he’d get me well prepared for this fight. It’s going to be a good fight but I’ll come out with the win.
Q: How is training camp going?
A: I feel really good right now, I’m very prepared for this fight. I’ve known Robert Garcia for quite some time now and I talked to my manager and I had them send me here for training camp, I know that the work here would be hard and that he’ll make me better than I am.
Q: What made you decide to train with Robert Garcia here in Oxnard, CA?
A: I chose Robert mainly for three reasons, first because he was a great fighter and became a world champion. Second, because he’s a good person with a good heart and I feel we are very similar in that way. Third, because he’s a great trainer, he has great strategies for a fight and knows what it takes to win a fight and he demands a lot from me and that’s what I like about him and that’s why I chose to train with him.
Q: What kind of statement are you looking to make in your fight with Honorio?
A: The statement I want to make in this fight is that I want people to take notice, and that I’m one of the best up and coming fighters in this division. I’m going to continue to work hard and show everyone that I’m one of the best prospects out there and this fight will prove that, that’s why I’m taking a big step up, to prove that.
Q: What are some of your goals for rest of 2010?
A: Well, God willing first would be to win this fight against Honorio and hopefully by the end of the year we can fight for a world title.
Q: Is there anything you would like to tell your fans?
A: Of course, I’d like to thank everyone for all their support and to continue to follow my career. I’m working really hard to make everyone proud so hopefully everyone can make it out on May 8th to see a great fight against Honorio.