Seeking his seventh consecutive victory, rising middleweight Paul “El Gallo Negro” Mendez (13-2-1, 5 KOs) returns to the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, CA, July 26 to face Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson (14-11-3, 5 KOs).
Mendez last fought June 1 at the same venue, winning a unanimous decision over tough journeymen Alfredo Contreras. Mendez, 24, was satisfied with the outcome.
“I was pleased with my performance because it was my first time going ten rounds,” Mendez told this writer during a phone interview. “I listened to my team. The old Paul would have tried to bulldoze over that guy and take him out.
“I don’t see myself or anyone succeeding without the backing of their team and I have the Garcias. They are truly looking out for me” added Mendez.
The Garcias are trainers Sam and Max and manger Kathy who operate out of Salinas. Mendez signed with Garcia Boxing in 2011 and immediately felt their influence.
“They’ve give me a lot,” said Mendez. “They’ve provided me with stability, and guided me the proper way to succeed in this sport. They’ve really helped me become more confident in myself.”
Mendez is a boxer-puncher who likes to set up his punches.
“My jab is my favorite punch to throw,” Mendez said. “Me and my team work on it a lot because it truly is the key to opening up any other punches I want to land. But my secret punch is my left hook to the body.
“I feel if I land that punch on someone multiple times in a fight that it ain’t going to last too long.”
Mendez recently sparred with undefeated middleweight sensation Gennady Golovkin in Big Bear. Mendez found the experience rewarding.
“It was great sparring with Golovkin, it really help me see that I am truly a contender in this sport,” said Mendez. “He’s a very humble guy, but trains very hard and I learned a few things from him.
“I learned more about what to do outside the ring than what we do inside,” Mendez said.
Mendez captured the IBA middleweight title last December. He’s hoping the belt acts as a springboard to bigger and better things.
“It felt really good winning the IBA title, but now I’m really focused on winning more belts,” said Mendez. “I want to break into the mainstream very soon.”
The co-main event on the July 26 card features exciting junior bantamweight Bruno “Aloha Kid” Escalante (8-1-1, 4 KOs) taking on Manuel Galaviz (7-10-4 KOs) in an eight rounder.
Undefeated prospects Richard Pinell and Andy Vences will also be fighting, as well as Juan Hernandez and Darwin Price.
The Fox Theater Fights are promoted by Don Chargin Productions and Paco Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions.
Tickets can be purchased at the Fox Theater Box Office, online at foxrwc.com and pacopresentsboxing.com, or by calling the Undisputed Boxing Gym (650) 631-3781.
Prices range from $35 to 60.00