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Mendez-Barthelemy to open FNF

Updated: November 19, 2013, 9:40 AM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Junior lightweight titlist Argenis Mendez will make his mandatory defense against Rances Barthelemy on Jan. 3 as the new season of ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" kicks off with the first of 26 cards, Warriors Boxing promoter Leon Margules said Monday.

Mendez-Barthelemy will take place at the Target Center in Minneapolis and feature an appearance by card co-promoter Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight champion.

Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs), 27, of the Dominican Republic, won the ...

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