Ivan Redkach to face Argenis Mendez on May 2
Lightweight contender Ivan Redkach will face former junior lightweight titleholder Argenis Mendez on May 2, it was announced Tuesday afternoon.
The 10-round bout will take place at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, California.
The three-bout “Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays” broadcast will air live on FS1 and Fox Deportes, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.
Redkach (20-2-1, 16 knockouts) was victorious in his most recent bout on Jan. 28, stopping Demond Brock in round eight in Las Vegas. In his previous fight on July 30, Redkach looked flat in losing a wide unanimous decision to junior lightweight contender Tevin Farmer in Brooklyn, New York.
Originally from Ukraine and now residing in the Los Angeles area, Redkach hopes a win over Mendez will put him in line for a big fight later this year.
“I’m very thankful for this opportunity to fight Argenis Mendez,” said Redkach, who is ranked No. 3 by the WBA. “He is a solid fighter and, on May 2, we’ll both be ready to put on a show. I know that this victory will lead to even bigger fights.”
Mendez (23-5-1, 12 KOs) also fought last July 30, losing to Luke Campbell by unanimous decision. He has lost three of his last five bouts.
The 30-year-old Mendez did score a win over Miguel Vazquez in October of 2015.
“As a former world champion, I know that these are the kind of fights that I have to win to stay in contention for another championship,” said Mendez, who is originally from the Dominican Republic and currently lives in Brooklyn.
In the co-feature, 20-year-old Brandon Figueroa (11-0, 8 KOs), the younger brother of Omar Figueroa Jr., faces Luis Saavedra (7-2, 3 KOs) in an eight-round junior featherweight bout.
Bantamweight Antonio Santa Cruz (5-2, 2 KOs), the younger cousin of three-time world titleholder Leo Santa Cruz, will square off against Jonathan Torres (7-5-1, 2 KOs) in a six-round bout.
Leo Santa Cruz is the promoter of the card. His company Last Round Promotions has promoted a few club shows in Southern California and May 2 will mark the first time one of his cards will be televised.
“I’m so excited about promoting this show,” said Santa Cruz in a release. “I love great boxing and great fans and everyone knows (Los Angeles) has some of the best (of each).”
“Ivan Redkach and Argenis Mendez are always up for a fight. Mendez wants to get back in the championship ranks and Redkach wants to get to that same level. That makes for a good match. It’s also exciting for me to be able to work on a promotion with my family, the fighters from our gym and to be able to help my cousin Antonio launch his career.”
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper, BoxingScene.com and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.
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