Jean-Paul Mendy

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Jean-Paul Mendy medal table

Boxing Boxing

FranceFrance France
World Championship
bronze 1997 Budapest medium weight
World cup
bronze 1994 Bangkok medium weight
Goodwill Games
silver 1998 New York medium weight
European Championship
bronze 1998 Minsk medium weight
bronze 1996 Vejle medium weight
Mediterranean Games
silver 1997 Bari medium weight
Games of the Francophonie
gold 1997 Antananarivo medium weight

Jean-Paul Mendy (born December 14, 1973 in Mantes-la-Jolie ) is a former French boxer.

Amateur career

The approximately 1.80 m tall southpaw boxed as an amateur exclusively in the middleweight division and was French champion in 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998 and 2000. He won the bronze medal at the World Cup in Bangkok in 1994 and the gold medal at the Copenhagen Cup in Denmark. In 1996 he reached the silver medal at the Strandja tournament in Bulgaria after he moved into the finals by beating Mohamed Bahari and losing to Ariel Hernández there . The 1996 European Championships in Vejle , he finished with the bronze medal. With victories against Dejan Capetić from Croatia, Valeri Kusmintsew from Bulgaria and Brian Magee from Great Britain, he made it to the semifinals, where he was finally outdone by German Sven Ottke . He was also subject to this in the first fight at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta .

In June 1997 he reached second place at the Mediterranean Games in Bari , after losing in the final to the Italian local hero Raffaele Bergamasco. In September he won the Francophonie Games in Antananarivo , defeating Rival Cadeau from Seychelles, Joseph Ranarison from Madagascar and Mourad Louhichi from Tunisia. In October, a bronze medal at the World Championships in Budapest followed , after he had beaten Stjepan Božić from Croatia and Mchitar Wanesian from Armenia and was eliminated again in the semifinals against Ariel Hernández .

He won another bronze medal at the 1998 European Championships in Minsk . After victorious duels against Ivan Ribać from Serbia and Fırat Karagöllü from Turkey, this time he was eliminated in the semifinals against Zsolt Erdei from Hungary. In August 1998 he took part in the Goodwill Games in New York City and fought his way to the final against the top favorites Randy Griffin (USA) and Dmitri Strelchinin (Russia), where he again, albeit narrowly, against Ariel Hernández at 14:15 lost.

At the Golden Belt tournament in Romania in 1999 he lost to Gaidarbek Gaidarbekow and at the multinationals tournament in England in 2000 against Carl Froch .

Professional career

In 2000 he moved to the professional camp, won eight fights in a row and on February 26, 2002 secured the French championship title in super middleweight by winning points against Rachid Kanfouah (record: 19 wins - 1 loss), who later won three European championship fights against the Germans Danilo Häußler , Thomas Ulrich and Jürgen Brähmer became known.

He also remained undefeated in his following 14 fights, beating, among others, the WBC youth world champion Sergei Karanewitsch (14-5), the 1998 European amateur champion Frédéric Esther (14-1) and again Rachid Kanfouah, as well as the two Americans Dallas Vargas ( 21-2) and Henry Buchanan (14-0). He then boxed on January 5, 2007 in Mississippi for the IBO world championship belt against the undefeated American Anthony Hanshaw (21-0). After a tough fight, however, the duel was scored and the world title remained vacant .

After five consecutive victories, including winning the IBF International Championship against Canadian Jason Naugler (18-8), he received a World Championship title eliminator against Sakio Bika (28-3). In this duel on July 31, 2010 in Las Vegas , Mendy was knocked out by an uppercut of the Australian in the first round. However, since Mendy had already been kneeling due to a previous hit, Bika looked up as a foul and the Australian was then disqualified.

So Mendy received on July 9, 2011 in Bucharest a title fight for the world championship belt of the IBF super middleweight against Lucian Bute (28-0), but lost by knockout in the fourth round and then ended his career.

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