Lightweight Manuel Mendez Headlines
"Night Of Champions" On March 11
Lightweight Manuel Mendez, fresh off his first round,
one-punch knockout victory over Vitor Freitas on SHOWTIME in
November, returns to the ring as the main attraction of
"Night of Champions," Thompson Boxing Promotions' annual,
The 4-bout card originates from the Doubletree Hotel in
Orange, Calif. this Saturday, March 11.
Mendez (13-1-2, 1 KOs), trained by Joel Diaz, will test his
power-punching skills against Costa Rica's Bergman Aguilar
(14-2-1, 4 KOs) in the "Night of Champions" 8-round main
Mendez, who lives in Indio, Calif. by way of eastern Oregon,
has established himself as one the more exciting lightweight
prospects in the sport. He's knocked out nine out of his
last 11 opponents and expects to do more damage on Saturday
"In training camp, we worked on a lot of new offensive
strategies," said Mendez, 26. "Fans are going to see an even
more aggressive Manuel Mendez on March 11."
Southern California fan favorite Juan Reyes (13-3-3, 2 KOs),
who recently moved up in weight to junior lightweight, faces
the experienced Miguel Angel Mendoza (23-10-2) of Mexico in
the 8-round co-feature.
Reyes, of boxing hot bed Riverside, Calif., rebounded nicely
in October by overwhelming Cesar Villarraga in a unanimous
decision win. Prior to that Reyes had suffered two, tough
losses by decision.
"I have to start another winning streak," said the
27-year-old Reyes. "I had an excellent training camp with
quality sparring and I'm ready to get this win."
Junior lightweight prospect Michael Dutchover (3-0, 3 KOs)
of Midland, Tex. will fight an opponent to be named later
(4-rounds). Dutchover, an elite prospect with devastating
punching power, is co-promoted by Thompson Boxing and Banner
In the show opener, a pair of junior lightweights will make
their pro debut: Jose Salinas of Indio, Calif. and Kenneth
Davis, Jr. of Reno, Nev. (4-rounds).