ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s the opportunity that Brian Mendoza has waited for since turning pro eight years ago. Mendoza will face former world champion Jeison Rosario as the co main event on a card scheduled for Nov. 5 in Minnesota.
Rosario was originally scheduled to fight Yoelvis Gomez. An injury forced Gomez out of the fight and opened up an opportunity for Mendoza. “Biggest fight of my career, biggest opportunity, just everything,” said Mendoza. “I think it’s the best opportunity. I think it’s the right guy, the right style. I’m not knocking on the door, I’m breaking the door down, making a statement against a guy like this means a title shot. It means a title eliminator. I’m into something big, especially after this one everyone is going to start remembering the name, putting Albuquerque, all New Mexico on the map.”
Mendoza, who trains in Las Vegas, Nevada, is 22-2 in the ring with 14 KO’s. Rosario is 23-3-1. Mendoza said he has upped his game since his last fight, breaking mental and physical limits. He also said he has followed Rosario’s career and knows a lot about his opponent. “I just see a lot of flaws, a lot of holes in his game that I can take advantage of,” said Mendoza. “His best attribute is power. He has a lot of power, at least for what it seems, but that’s kind of it. You know, technique wise, strategy wise, I know I got it in the bag. Strength wise I still know I got him. I hit pretty hard myself.” The fight in the 160 pound division will be televised on Showtime.
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