After winning the Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) vacant Las Americas title last December, Wilfredo 'Bimbito' Méndez (9-0, 4 KO’s) from Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, will seek a top ranking spot in the World Boxing Association (WBA ) when he faces Nicaraguan Leyman Benavides (13-6-1, 2 KO’s) for the vacant WBA Minimumweight Fedelatin title.
The Méndez-Benavides duel will take place on Saturday, March 17 at the Fiesta Hall of the Jaragua Hotel in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
"The Fedelatin title is of upmost importance because it places the boxer in the top 15 of the WBA rankings and in a matter of two or three additional fights, the opportunity to go for the world title is very possible.
We trust in 'Bimbito’s' skills so that on March 17, Puerto Rico will have another boxer close to a world title opportunity" said Raúl Pastrana, President of management company 'Spartan Boxing Club'.
The undefeated Mendez, who was part of the Puerto Rican National Amateur Boxing Team said:
"I have seen boxers that have won the Fedelatin title, and in the blink of an eye, they are already fighting for a world title, and for that great moment is that I have worked all my life since childhood.
With Trujillo Alto and Puerto Rico in my heart, I hope to be able to take another step on March 17 to become world champion in the near future".
In his last fight in Santo Domingo, DR last December, Méndez defeated Dominican Republic's Juan Guzmán (22-10, 12 KO) by TKO in the second round to capture the UBF belt.
'Spartan Boxing Club' has in its squad of professional boxers: WBO/WBC ranked at 122 lbs., Yenifel 'El Rayo' Vicente (31-3-2, 23 KO’s) of the Dominican Republic, former members of the Puerto Rican Amateur Boxing Team, Bernard 'Bimbo' Lebrón (9-0, 4KO’s), John 'The Beast' Correa (3-0, 3KO’s) and Wilfredo ‘Bimbito’ Méndez, light heavyweight and former Olympian, Lenin Castillo (17-1- 1, 12 KO’s) of the Dominican Republic, among others.