Five keys for Argenis Mendez

Plotting a path to victory in Friday's title bout against Rances Barthelemy

Originally Published: January 2, 2014
By Bernardo Pilatti | ESPNdeportes.com

Junior lightweight titlist Argenis Mendez will headline 2014's season opener of ESPN "Friday Night Fights" when he defends his belt against Rances Barthelemy.

Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs), from the Dominican Republic, won the title last March against Juan Carlos Salgado by fourth-round knockout and defended the belt in a majority draw against Arash Usmanee eight months later.

Cuba's Barthelemy (19-0 , 12 KOs), who fights out of Miami, is looking for his first world title when he steps in the ring at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

Here are five keys for Mendez against Barthelemy:

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