There was no winner in tonight’s Showtime opener, but the good news for the fighters is nobody lost, either.
Juan Heraldez was looking to step things up a bit against former super featherweight titleholder Argenis Mendez, and he got the challenge he was looking for, as the two went 10 rounds and judges couldn’t declare a winner.
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Judges had the fight 95-95 on two cards and 97-93 Mendez on the third. Bad Left Hook had the fight 95-95 and 96-94 Mendez.
For the 32-year-old veteran Mendez (25-5-3, 12 KO), it’s the second draw he’s had already this year, after going even over 10 rounds on March 24 against Anthony Peterson. Like that one, this fight was certainly closely contested enough that a draw isn’t any real controversy — it’s debatable, of course, any draw is, but nobody got shafted here.
For Heraldez (16-0-1, 10 KO), it certainly beats losing, but it’s a bit of a setback all the same. The 28-year-old fighter was hoping to show he could be a real contender at 140 tonight, and while he had some very good moments along the way, so did Mendez.
So it’s not a big failure for either guy, but it might temper the expectations on Heraldez just a bit for those who were looking to see if he was an emerging contender. Mendez, meanwhile, stays right where he was — a crafty, still-capable veteran fighter who can be counted on to give prospects or borderline contenders a legitimate step up.