Afghani-Canadian super featherweight contender Arash Usmanee wishes to congratulate new IBF Super Featherweight Champion Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy for his title-winning decision over Argenis Mendez last Thursday (July 10) in Miami.
"Barthelemy looked good taking it to Mendez and he deserves the belt," said Usmanee.
But now that the dust has settled on the Barthelemy/Mendez rivalry, Usmanee (21-2-1, 10 KOs) says the new champion has only one thing he can do to prove he deserves his spot on top.
"Barthelemy himself knows he didn't beat me when we fought. If that fight was anywhere but his backyard, he would have never even gotten the chance to fight for the title. If he's a true champion, he will face me in his first defense and try to erase what everyone but the three judges saw as a loss for him."
Cohen, Usmanee’s Promoter stated, "Usmanee vs. Barthelemy II is a fight that must be made to establish who the true king is at 130 lbs in the IBF. I'm eagerly awaiting hearing from Barthelemy's people to start negotiations."