Loss vs Tim Tszyu
Oct 15, 2023 / Gold Coast Convention Centre, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia
Brian Mendoza LOSES to Tim Tszyu by UD in Round 12 of 12
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Brian Mendoza News
The Australian superstar remains unbeaten, successfully defending his Junior Middleweight World Title with a clear victory over the dangerous Brian Mendoza Saturday night on SHOWTIME.
Mendoza's career turnaround continues as he scores his second straight upset win, this time capturing the WBC interim 154-pound title Saturday night on SHOWTIME.
A potential Fight of the Year candidate is slated for Saturday night as unbeaten 154-pound sensation Sebastian Fundora faces the explosive Brian Mendoza on SHOWTIME.
Brian Mendoza Fights
LOSS vs Tim Tszyu 24-0-0
Oct 15, 2023 • Gold Coast Convention Centre, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia
Tim Tszyu WINS against Brian Mendoza by UD in Round 12 of 12
LOSS vs Tim Tszyu 24-0-0
Oct 14, 2023 • Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia
Tim Tszyu WINS against Brian Mendoza by UD in Round 12 of 12
WIN vs Sebastian Fundora 20-1-1
Apr 08, 2023 • Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California
Sebastian Fundora LOSES to Brian Mendoza by KO in Round 7 of 12
WIN vs Jeison Rosario 24-4-1
Nov 05, 2022 • The Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jeison Rosario LOSES to Brian Mendoza by KO in Round 5 of 10
Win vs Benjamin Whitaker 15-7-0
Mar 26, 2022 • Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Brian Mendoza WINS against Benjamin Whitaker by TKO in Round 5 of 8
LOSS vs Jesus Ramos Jr. 20-1-0
Sep 05, 2021 • The Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jesus Ramos Jr. WINS against Brian Mendoza by UD in Round 10 of 10
LOSS vs Julian Williams 28-4-1
Jun 26, 2021 • State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Julian Williams WINS against Brian Mendoza by in Round of 10
WIN vs Thomas LaManna 30-4-1
Aug 29, 2020 • Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA
Thomas LaManna LOSES to Brian Mendoza by UD in Round 10 of 10
Loss vs Larry Gomez 9-1-0
Nov 30, 2019 • Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Brian Mendoza LOSES to Larry Gomez by SD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Rosemberg Gomez 20-7-1
Aug 17, 2019 • Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, California, USA
Brian Mendoza WINS against Rosemberg Gomez by KO in Round 1 of 8
Win vs Carlos Mohamed Rodriguez 12-7-1
May 04, 2019 • Stockton Arena, Stockton, California, USA
Brian Mendoza WINS against Carlos Mohamed Rodriguez by KO in Round 2 of 8
Win vs John David Charles 9-12-0
Nov 11, 2017 • Lujan Building, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Brian Mendoza WINS against John David Charles by TKO in Round 3 of 6
Win vs Tyler Pogline 6-13-1
Mar 18, 2017 • Convention Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Brian Mendoza WINS against Tyler Pogline by TKO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Daniel Calzada 12-15-3
Jul 09, 2016 • Santa Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho, New Mexico, USA
Brian Mendoza WINS against Daniel Calzada by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Joel Vargas 4-14-2
Feb 06, 2016 • United Wireless Arena, Dodge City, Kansas, USA
Brian Mendoza WINS against Joel Vargas by TKO in Round 3 of 6
Win vs Francisco Isata 0-0-0
Jan 16, 2016 • ABC Sports Complex, Springfield, Virginia, USA
Brian Mendoza WINS against Francisco Isata by TKO in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Anthony Hill 1-14-0
Dec 19, 2015 • Lea County Events Center, Hobbs, New Mexico, USA
Brian Mendoza WINS against Anthony Hill by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Eddie Cordova 4-10-1
Nov 14, 2015 • ABC Sports Complex, Springfield, Virginia, USA
Brian Mendoza WINS against Eddie Cordova by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Michael Pickett 1-11-0
Oct 09, 2015 • Riverside Ballroom, Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
Brian Mendoza WINS against Michael Pickett by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs John Rozema 0-0-0
Sep 05, 2015 • Buffalo Thunder Casino, Pojoaque, New Mexico, USA
Brian Mendoza WINS against John Rozema by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Eric Rosales 0-4-0
Aug 22, 2015 • United Wireless Arena, Dodge City, Kansas, USA
Brian Mendoza WINS against Eric Rosales by SD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Dontre King 7-17-2
Jun 06, 2015 • ABC Sports Complex, Springfield, Virginia, USA
Brian Mendoza WINS against Dontre King by KO in Round 3 of 4
Win vs Ivan Lucero 0-0-0
May 09, 2015 • Buffalo Thunder Casino, Pojoaque, New Mexico, USA
Brian Mendoza WINS against Ivan Lucero by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Javier Eduardo Rivera 0-0-0
Feb 28, 2015 • Celebrity Theater, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Brian Mendoza WINS against Javier Eduardo Rivera by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Lazaro Jay Dominguez 1-0-0
Nov 15, 2014 • Celebrity Theater, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Brian Mendoza WINS against Lazaro Jay Dominguez by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Jesus Lopez 0-2-0
Jul 26, 2014 • Celebrity Theater, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Brian Mendoza WINS against Jesus Lopez by KO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Daniel Gonzalez 2-8-0
May 10, 2014 • Buffalo Thunder Casino, Pojoaque, New Mexico, USA
Brian Mendoza WINS against Daniel Gonzalez by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Brian Mendoza Bio
Brian Mendoza is the epitome of a late bloomer, a smooth-boxing puncher rated among the best in the stacked 154-pound division.
A legacy of resilience
Brian Mendoza’s fighting spirit came from his parents, Mario and Lisset, each of whom survived separate and torturous journeys from their native Cuba to the United States.
“My dad in the 90’s wanted his freedom. He needed more opportunities to provide for his family. He took that leap,” Mendoza said. “He swam to the American base in Guantanamo, swam hours across the ocean. My mum, she had to take a dangerous route here, too.”
Mario Mendoza made it to Florida and eventually settled on employment in New Mexico, where he met Lisset. Over a period of three decades, they worked numerous jobs and became parents supporting four children.
“Thankfully,” Mendoza’s parents “made that tough journey and I’m here today because of it,” he said.
A 16-year-old Mendoza made his amateur debut in boxing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, twice earning New Mexico Golden Gloves titles.
“I had less than 30 fights with a record of about 20-7,” said Mendoza, who competed from 140-to-152 pounds. “Even though I didn’t have many fights, I got the best out of it because I was fighting ranked fighters.”
Nicknamed “La Bala” (The Bullet), Mendoza got off to a blistering start as a professional, winning his first 11 professional bouts, seven by knockout.
Mendoza debuted in May 2014 with a 39-second TKO of Daniel Gonzalez followed by another first-round knockout of Jesus Lopez in July and a four-round unanimous decision over Lazaro Jay Dominguez in November.
Mendoza went 8-0 (5 KOs) in 2015 beginning with a four-round unanimous decision over Javier Eduardo Rivera (February) and first- and third-round knockouts of Ivan Lucero (May) and Dontre King (June).
Mendoza fought once during each of the last five months of 2015, a split-decision over Eric Rosales (August), first-round knockouts of John Rozema (September), Michael Pickett (October) and Eddie Cordova (November) and a four-round unanimous decision over Anthony Hill (Decemberl).
The year 2016 began with second- and third-round TKOs of Francisco Isata (January) and Joel Vargas (February) for Mendoza and ended with a six-round unanimous decision over Daniel Calzada (July).
Mendoza rose to 16-0 (11 KOs) following second- and third-round TKOs of Tyler Pogline and John David Charles in March and November.
“I have power, but I’m not just a power puncher,” Mendoza said. “I don’t go in there trying to look for one shot.”
TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Going 2-1 in 2019, Mendoza scored second- and first-round knockouts of Carlos Mohamed Rodriguez (May) and Rosemberg Gomez (August) before losing his first professional bout to Larry Gomez (November), who improved to 10-1 (8 KOs).
Mendoza split bouts while fighting once each in 2020 and 2021, handling Thomas LaManna by 10-round unanimous decision in August of the former before falling the same way to then-undefeated southpaw Jesus Ramos (17-0, 14 KOs) in September of the latter.
“I know I’m better than that. That’s basically what it was," Mendoza said. "I understand how I got here, but I know I’m better than this and it’s time to keep showing people."
Mendoza rebounded in dominant fashion over the course of his next three bouts. On March 26, 2022, he stopped Benjamin Whitaker in five one-sided rounds. The victory set up a showdown versus former unified 154-pound world champion Jeison Rosario on November 5, 2022.
In front of a raucous crowd at The Armory in Minneapolis, Mendoza dominated the heavily-favored Dominican, dropping him in the second and then again in fifth, stopping Rosario with a brutal finish that same frame.
“They thought I was a fill in,” said the 28-year-old Mendoza, who took the fight on ten days’ notice after Yoelvis Gomez suffered an injury. “I’ve been in the gym for seven months straight since I fought on March 26. This was anything but a last-minute call.”
WORLD CLASS FOR A REASON
On April 8, 2023, Mendoza faced undefeated, 6-6 southpaw Sebastian Fundora (20-0-1, 13 KOs at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. Again, Mendoza was a big underdog (11-1 odds). The two went back and forth for much of the fight, trading thudding shots. By the fifth, Fundora had seized control, pounding Mendoza with short blows in close quarters.
Trailing 60-54 on two cards, and 59-55 on the third—and bleeding badly from his nose—Mendoza came out with purpose in the seventh round as he closed the distance and kept Fundora from gaining leverage on his punches even as he was met with a consistent rhythm of uppercuts.
Early in the stanza, Mendoza took a half step back and countered Fundora with a picture-perfect left hook, freezing the dazed Fundora which allowed Mendoza to step in with a powerful left-right combo that flattened Fundora for good.
"I would’ve given up years ago when I took some losses. You’ll never see me give up,” Mendoza said. “I predicted everything that was going to happen in my past two fights and how they were going to end and everything.”
On October 14, 2023, Mendoza dropped a 12-round unanimous decision to Australian superstar Tim Tszyu, who successfully defended his WBO Junior Middleweight World Title and rose to 24-0 (17 KOs).
Tszyu had praise for Mendoza, whom the 28-year-old battled before his hometown fans at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia.
“Man, he’s tough,” Tszyu said. “He’s crafty. He’s slick. He has power. He’s world class for a reason.”