FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS 2014 KICKOFF IN MINNEAPOLIS
Tickets on Sale TODAY
Tickets for the Friday, January 3, 2014, Mendez vs. Barthelemy/Truax vs. Ennis 2014 season kickoff of Friday Night Fights at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, go on sale today (Friday, November 22) at 12 noon.
Tickets for Friday Night Fights are priced at $35, $65, $100, $150 and $250 and are available at Target Center's Box Office, online at AXS.com or by calling 888.9.AXS.TIX (888.929.7849).
On Friday, January 3, 2014, Iron Mike Productions, Seconds Out Promotions and Warriors Boxing will proudly present the year's first installment of ESPN Friday Night Fights, featuring two title fights as the featured bouts.
The night's 12-round main event will be an IBF Super Featherweight Championship fight between champion Argenis Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York via San Juan, Dominican Republic vs. #1-ranked undefeated challenger Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs) from Miami, via Cuba.
And in the 10-round televised semi-final, #10 WBO, #13 IBF and USBA Middleweight Champion Caleb "Golden" Truax (23-1, 14 KOs) of Osseo, Minnesota, will face former USBA Champion Derek "Pooh" Ennis (23-4-1, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia in a 10-round non-title bout.
On fight night, doors open at 6 pm, first bell is at 7 pm. ESPN broadcast starts at 8 pm.
27-year-old Mendez will be making the second defense of his IBF title he won in March of this year with a KO 4 over Juan Carlos Salgado. The victory over Salgado also avenged one of only two defeats Mendez has suffered in his distinguished career. He was last seen in the ring fighting to a majority draw against Arash Usmanee in August. Mendez was a 2004 Olympian and previously held the USBA Super Featherweight (2010) and WBA Fedelatin Super Featherweight (2008) Titles.
27-year-old Barthelemy earned his #1 ranking with a KO 2 over Thailand's Fahsai Sakkreerin last June. Before that, he took a unanimous decision over Arash Usmanee in January. Barthelemy is the younger brother of Olympic Gold Medalist Yan Barthelemy and older brother of Leduan Barthelemy, also a fighter. As an amateur, he was Cuban Junior National Champion.
30-year-old Truax has had a sensational 2013. Fighting out of the Convention Center in Minneapolis, Truax has vanquished two local rivals (UD 10 over Matt Vanda and TKO 4 over Ceresso Fort) and scored a nationally televised TKO 6 over world-rated Donovan George. The victory over Fort garnered him the USBA and Minnesota State Championships. Truax's only career loss was to world champion Jermain Taylor and Truax had Taylor down in round nine.
33-year-old Ennis is a former USBA and Pennsylvania State Champion. He won the USBA Jr. Middleweight title in October 2009 by unanimous decision in an unforgettable war against Eromosele Albert and defended it successfully via 12-round majority decision over the formidable Gabriel Rosado in 2010 He most recently fought to a close majority decision loss to world-rated contender Jonathan Gonzalez. Ennis's brother, Farah, is a well-regarded super middleweight contender and his father, Derrick "Bozy" Ennis, was also a pro fighter.
About Iron Mike Productions (IMP)
Previously known as Acquinity Sports, Iron Mike Productions is a full-service boxing promotion company co-founded and led by CEO Garry Jonas. In partnership with Hall of Famer Mike Tyson, IMP is committed to changing traditional boxing promotion by advocating for its fighters' successes, inside the ring and out, throughout their professional careers and into retirement.
Mike Tyson Web Site - miketyson.com
Twitter: @MikeTyson and @IronMikeProd
Facebook: facebook.com/miketyson and facebook.com/IronMikeProd
About Warriors Boxing
Launched in 2003, Warriors Boxing operates under a simple philosophy-bring the best boxers in the world to fight fans, match them in competitive bouts, and in doing so help re-establish the sport of boxing for a new generation.
With a series of successful Pay-Per-View shows and packed houses to its credit, the Warriors business model is working wonders in a sport that was sorely in need of the innovation and energy that the company brings to the table.
When it comes down to it though, a promotional company is only as good as the fighters and fights it promotes. Warriors Boxing has delivered on all fronts, with outstanding bouts such as Lara-Molina, Cayo-Peterson, Abraham-Miranda I and II, Miranda-Pavlik, Miranda-Green, Ibragimov-Briggs, Ibragimov-Klitschko, Urango-Hatton, Urango-Bailey, Cayo-Maidana and Ibragimov-Holyfield.
For more information on Warriors Boxing, visit their website at WarriorsBoxing.com.
About Seconds Out Promotions
When retired professional boxer Tony Grygelko found himself unable to stay out of the gym, he realized that his passion for the sport was something he couldn't deny. At age 29, Grygelko formed Seconds Out Promotions.
By utilizing the vast boxing knowledge of world-class trainer Ron Lyke, Grygelko and Seconds Out Promotions found instant success.
Through determination, integrity and hard work, Seconds Out Promotions strives to become a leading fight promotional company in the world, by giving young fighters the ability to showcase their talents to a worldwide audience, along with offering our fans the highest quality programming available.
Seconds Out Promotions was created to bring the very best fights to all fans and participants worldwide. Seconds Out Promotions is committed to the recruitment and development of the best and brightest young fighters to help achieve our mission. Seconds Out Promotions continues to expand its web and television presence, and is establishing itself as one of the fastest-rising fight promotions in the world.
For more information on Seconds Out Promotions, visit their website at: www.SoBoxing.com