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Old 11-03-2009, 07:11 PM   #1
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What the hell happened with this guy?

Who is he? He's a cagey, athletic spoiler/counter-puncher with good defense who throws fast punches from herky-jerky, untimable angles. Maybe one of the better super middleweights of the last ten years (top 15). Unless you watched a lot of Showtime three years ago, though - he could easily have slipped under your radar.

Here's a brief retrospective look at him...

...Smashing Dallas Vargas in the first round of the original Showtime 168lb. tournament...
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...Drawing with Hanshaw in the tournament's main event...(in the 2nd round he'd shut out Henry "Sugar Poo" Buchanan)
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...And then...eleven months off before stopping a Midwestern tomato can off-TV in South Carolina.

...And then...another eleven months off before shutting out a Midwestern journeyman off-TV in South Carolina.

...And then...another eleven month layoff before stopping a British journeyman in his native France...
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...And this Friday he's slated against - wait for it - a British tomato can in his native France. At least he's not waiting eleven months this time.

In a month he will turn 36 years of age. At the start of the forgotten Super Middleweight tourny he was 32 and his successful appearances ought to have served as a much-needed launching pad for some significant career traction. Hanshaw himself (who many feel lost the fight to Mendy) scored fights with Jones and Dirrell. Instead Mendy, with his inactivity and level of opposition, has taken giant steps back as the hourglass runs out.

Worst management ever?
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Old 11-04-2009, 12:15 AM   #2
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interview of Jean Paul Mendy.
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Old 11-04-2009, 12:43 AM   #3
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NB: What do you think the next generation in France
JPM: Honestly, these past years I could not follow boxing in France. However, N'Dam Hassan seems to be a great hope, both for his talent and his taste for the show


It sounds like he's gunning for the winner of the Balzsay-Stieglitz rematch, that seems like the right move.

It is still not exactly clear from that why his trip to the United States did not create bigger opportunities at the time.
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Old 11-06-2009, 06:59 PM   #4
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Any updates? This should be happening or over by now.
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Old 11-19-2009, 09:28 AM   #5
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Mendy hooked up with a dodgy promoter here in America who promised big bouts.None came to fruition as the promoter had no money.A fight in Carolina with Naugler was a box office flop and then he tried to put a show in Halifax,of all places.The show was cancelled when the promoter didn't have the money to pay the commission.That is the last I heard of Mendy's "North American Tour".
A total flop!
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:55 AM   #6
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He is doing doing very little. Very average fighter but should be in the mix with the top Europeans at the weight.


Did he beat Barr recently?
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Old 06-28-2010, 11:20 AM   #7
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Mendy vs. Bika (another horribly mismanaged fighter who had some golden years wasted) on the Marquez-Diaz II undercard!
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Old 06-28-2010, 11:46 AM   #8
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Anybody knows what happened in the card this weekend in Atlanta.
There was a fight involving Mendy.
Another fight scheduled Juan Carlos Gomez was fighting Zumbano of Brasil.
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Old 06-28-2010, 03:52 PM   #9
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Mendy...you cannot even imagine the story behind the Hanshaw draw. It's way too late for this guy now.
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Old 06-28-2010, 03:53 PM   #10
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Mendy...you cannot even imagine the story behind the Hanshaw draw. It's way too late for this guy now.
What's the story behind the Hanshaw draw?

It could be too late, but what if he beats Bika?
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Old 06-28-2010, 04:44 PM   #11
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The tournament was organized by Shaw who was also Hanshaw's promoter. Making Hanshaw shine was the only goal of this Showtime tournament and everyone knew that. Hence everyone serious but Mendy declined.

- Mendy was under surgery a few weeks before the fight (the French federation jumped on the occasion to strip him from the French title because of that !). He was told by the organization that the fight wouldn't be postponed. His preparation was shortened and as a clubfigher he sparred with his club mates who are LMW etc.
- Hanshaw obtained the camp of a world champion ! A complete preparation with 3 pro southpaw SMW sparring partners.

- Hanshaw had Russell in his corner and a clear strategy
- Mendy's coach didn't even come for the fight. Mendy hadn't prepared with a coach and he was told his coach wouldn't even come just before the fight !

- Hanshaw had the advantage to fight in his country, Mendy does not really speak English and his manager is an amateur. He wasn't defended.For example he was cheated about the time the fight would start and he couldn't even warm up !

Hence he lost the 5/6 first rounds but he was not KOed ! Klose is not a coach but Mendy was able to adjust and Hanshaw was dominated in the second part of the fight, he was even rocked in the last rounds.
If you listen to Showtime comments it was a complete domination by Hanshaw ! But it was so clear he would win that Shaw probably didn't think it would be useful to buy the judges : they scored the fight honestly and it ended with a draw !

With every possible advantage Hanshaw hadn't been able to win HIS tournament. Both agreed for the rematch in the ring but of course it never happened. Mendy was the moral winner but he obtained nothing. Hanshaw obtained his chance as if he had won the tournament but he failed. He is mentally fragile and I am quite sure he knew he had lost his chance to be a real force at SMW that night.

At 16 Mendy KOed Mormeck who was 18 (MW amateur fight). He was known as a KO artist and he had serious power ! He was very successful as an amateur with several medals in championships. Problem is that he never really turned pro... He had contacts with Acaries but he stayed with his club "Les Gants Lucéens"
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:34 PM   #12
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It could be too late, but what if he beats Bika?
If he beats Bika he will be beaten by the IBF champion. Several years ago Mendy vs Bute would have been a 50/50 fight but things have completely changed. Bute is not a simple titleholder, he is a real champion in his prime. You can be sure Bute would be prepared (camp, match plan etc.) He is 100% pro, better and more confident than Hanshaw. He can't be beaten by a clubfighter, even if this clubfighter is very talented !
Anyway Mendy won't be favoured to beat Bika. Bika is not a fantastic boxer but he is a solid guy who has fought far better opposition than Mendy.
I have to be realistic about his chances. 36 it's way too late for a 1st eliminator ! I will support him as usual though.
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Old 06-29-2010, 08:21 AM   #13
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What could play into Mendy's favor is that Bute has little experience in the pros against southpaws.
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Old 06-29-2010, 01:39 PM   #14
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To be honest I don't see why Bute would fight Mendy at this point of his career. I read Bute has an IBF mandatory defense against Brinkley. After that Bute will be given time for unifications and big $$$ fights with the guys of the super 6 ! And he has done enough to deserve that imo.
Without a promoter not only Mendy has to beat Bika but he has to impress to sell the idea to Bute's team (or to the US channels...)
You really think Mendy has a chance to make an impact against Bika ? Even beating Bika will be very difficult, shining against Bika is almost impossible.

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Anybody knows what happened in the card this weekend in Atlanta.
There was a fight involving Mendy.
Another fight scheduled Juan Carlos Gomez was fighting Zumbano of Brasil.
Card never happened.
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