Manuel Mendez Primed For
Another Win On Friday Night
Lightweight Manuel Mendez (14-1-2, 10 KOs) is making final
preparations for his "Locked n' Loaded" 8-round main event
showdown versus veteran Luis Arceo (28-15-5, 18 KOs) this
Friday from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.
Mendez, 26, won't go into the fight without having a solid
idea of what to expect from Arceo, who is 12 years older
"I've seen him fight in person before so I'm familiar with
how he moves and what kind of puncher he is," Mendez said.
"You always prepare for an early stoppage because the less
hits you take the better, but I'm prepared to outbox him if
that's what I need to do."
Mendez, who grew up in eastern Oregon near the Idaho border
but relocated to Indio, Calif. to train with Joel Diaz, has
put in a tremendous amount of time and effort into this
training camp to ready himself against a far more
"Training camp consisted of a lot of diverse sparring
sessions," said Mendez, who on Friday will make his tenth
straight appearance on a Thompson Boxing card. "We had guys
that liked to move around a lot. I saw a bunch that liked to
apply pressure; ones that preferred to counter punch.
Overall, we got a great mix of styles to work with."
Mendez, winner of three straight by stoppage and ten out of
his last twelve, is known for his power punching ability,
but in recent training camps he's been working on adding
more weapons to his developing arsenal.
"I've been working on my head movement and other defensive
angles," Mendez said. "Joel [Diaz] has me throwing the jab
more and focusing on straight power punches."
With six fights in 2015 and five the year after, Mendez is
on the fast track in his development. Friday's fight will
mark his second start of the year. Mendez is coming off a
third round knockout win over Bergman Aguilar in March.