Usmanee battled IBF champion to a draw

Red Deer Boxing Club product Arash Usmanee nearly became a world champion Friday. Nearly. Usmanee took on International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior lightweight champion Argenis ‘La Tormenta’ Mendez in the main event of an ESPN Friday Night Fights card and battled the champ to a 12-round majority draw.

Red Deer Boxing Club product Arash Usmanee nearly became a world champion Friday. Nearly.

Usmanee took on International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior lightweight champion Argenis ‘La Tormenta’ Mendez in the main event of an ESPN Friday Night Fights card and battled the champ to a 12-round majority draw.

The fight, promoted by Mike Tyson’s Iron Mike Productions, featured the dogged determination of Usmanee versus the hand speed and powerful counter punching of Mendez.

Usmanee was the aggressor through the first five rounds and forced Mendez to defend constantly.

But the champion tagged Usmanee with clean combinations down the stretch and gained momentum.

But Usmanee made Mendez pay when the champ dropped his hands and in the 12th round both fighters were exchanging combinations when the final bell rang.

At the conclusion of the thrilling, action-packed bout, the judges decided that neither fighter was the clear winner.

Mendez felt he had done enough to warrant a victory.

“I’m really disappointed in the decision,” he said. “I’m the champion and I thought I won.”

Usmanee disagreed.

“It was a very close fight,” he said. “It depends on how you judge a fight. I was the aggressor. It could have gone either way.”

Just Posted

1,200 runners came out to Woody’s RV Marathon in Red Deer

Red Deer’s Matthew Hope ran in the Woody’s RV World Marathon for… Continue reading

Two men steal 16 year old’s car at gunpoint in Alberta

RCMP are looking for two men who allegedly produced a handgun and… Continue reading

Mother of five who died in hit and run in central Alberta a huge loss to family, police say

Rocky Mountain House RCMP continue to investigate hit and killed case on… Continue reading

‘Rope-a-dope’: Environmentalists say Alberta war room threat won’t distract them

EDMONTON — Environmental groups targeted by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney are shrugging… Continue reading

Speed, alcohol considered factors in deadly Calgary crash: police

CALGARY — The Calgary Police Service says two people are dead after… Continue reading

WATCH: First Red Deer Market of 2019

The event is held every Saturday in the Servus Arena parking lot

Cast your votes for the Best of Red Deer

Nominations for the Best of Red Deer Readers’ Choice Awards are officially… Continue reading

Unions increasingly at odds over replacing troubled Phoenix pay system

OTTAWA — The federal team charged with finding a replacement for the… Continue reading

Sisters of Ste-Anne hold unique garage sale before giving up Montreal convent

MONTREAL — The Montreal-area Sisters of Ste-Anne are hosting a unique garage… Continue reading

Canadian pilot Patrick Forseth killed in Honduras plane crash: sister

TRUJILLO, Honduras — A British Columbia woman says her pilot brother was… Continue reading

As states pass restrictive abortion laws, questions surface

ATLANTA — As multiple states pass laws banning many abortions, questions have… Continue reading

Pelosi being honoured with JFK Profile in Courage Award

BOSTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is being honoured with the 2019… Continue reading

India’s marathon national election reaches the finish line

KOLKATA, India — Voting in India’s mammoth national election ended Sunday with… Continue reading

UK leader promises a ‘bold offer’ on Brexit deal

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May plans a “bold offer” to… Continue reading

Most Read