Unbeaten super lightweight contender Juan Heraldez is looking to make a huge statement when he battles former world champion Argenis Mendez in a 10-round contest on Saturday, May 18 live on Showtime from the Barclays Center, presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
His fight will be one of the fights leading up to the championship match of WBC Heavyweight titleholder Deontay Wilder taking on mandatory challenger Dominic Brezeale.
“I have to outclass him and make him not even want to fight anymore,” said Heraldez in a press release. “I’m going to make him retire. My goal on fight night is to win and show out for my Mexican fans in New York.”
Heraldez, currently training out of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas with coach Otis Pimpleton, made his 2019 debut in February by knocking out Eddie Ramirez in round seven in his last super lightweight fight. Mendez will be a step up in competition for the 28-year-old fighter.
“On paper he’s the toughest fighter I’ve faced,” said Heraldez in a press release. “I only watched some of his fight against Ramirez, but being a former world champion, it means he’s doing something right. I don’t think he does anything better than me and I’m looking to show it on fight night.”
“I’m excited to be able to show off what I’ve always been able to do,” said Heraldez in a press release. “It’s going to be no surprise to the people around me who know what I’m capable of. It’s another stage with more people watching, but the ring and everything else stays the same.
“A fight like this adds more motivation for my future because I want to keep changing the lives of my family. Little by little, win by win and fight by fight, I can accomplish that. That’s where my motivation comes from.”
Heraldez believes he’s ready for a world title shot and knows that beating Argenis Mendez is currently in his way to getting a chance at one.
“If the title fight is there after I beat Mendez, I’m taking it,” said Heraldez. “That’s one of the ultimate goals and something I’ve been preparing for my whole career. I’m going to keep training hard like I always do to be at my best against Mendez. I’m going to have a great performance May 18 and they won’t be able to deny my place in this division.”
“I’m going to make him retire. My goal on fight night is to win and show out for my Mexican fans in New York.”
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