Manuel Mendez


“La Tormenta” which translates to “The Storm” is overcoming opposition with unrelenting pressure and the power you could expect from mother nature.

Lightweight star Manuel Mendez recently took his professional record to 15-1-2 with the knockout victory over Luis Arceo, the start of what is to follow in a promising career that is almost certain to yield world titles somewhere down the line. 

Mendez signed to Thompson Boxing Promotions has had fight fans in the LA area on high alert for quite some time, his power the antidote for insomnia.

Having heard the name and the way in which he was reacquainting fighters to the ring canvas, It was his brutal knockout of Cesar Villarraga in 2015 which gained my attention most, garnering more interest from myself along the way.

“Manuel has a fan friendly style,” said Ken Thompson, president and founder of Thompson Boxing Promotions. “Fans love watching him come forward and go after knockouts.” 

I agree with Ken, Fans do love a knockout and here in our presence is a knockout specialist in every sense of the word, keep an eye on the California resident who looks to continue his climb to the top of the Lightweight division. 


Date Opponent Result
2017-04-14 Luis Arceo RTD
2017-03-11 Bergman Aguilar KO
2016-11-04 Vitor Jones Freitas KO
2016-09-23 Erick Daniel Martinez KO
2016-06-24 Ricardo Maldonado TD (D)
2016-04-22 Jose Luis Araiza TKO
2016-03-12 Jesus Angulo KO
2015-11-20 Jose Luis Ramirez Jr UD
2015-09-25 Cesar Villarraga KO
2015-08-21 Luis Angel Silva TKO
2015-07-11 Ramon Palma TKO
2015-05-03 Israel Rivas KO
2015-02-21 Misael Chacon KO
2014-06-07 Ricardo Maldonado MD
2013-03-16 Gabriel Pineda PTS (D)
2012-08-04 Ronnie Reams MD
2012-06-08 James Burns UD
2010-10-30 Juan Ovalle TKO (L)



ORANGE, Calif. (April 17, 2017) – Lightweight Manuel Mendez (15-1-2, 11 KOs) needed five rounds to record his fourth straight win by knockout over Luis Arceo (28-16-5, 18 KOs) Friday night from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

The main event, which was scheduled for 8-rounds, featured plenty of activity from both boxers. Arceo, who traveled from Tijuana, Mex. to face “La Tormenta,” started fast early in an effort to neutralize the power-punching Mendez, who is trained by Joel Diaz.

Mendez, 26, decided to feel out the challenger in the first few rounds before going on the offensive. Throughout the fight, Arceo threw a great deal of punches, but none connected accurately and had little effect, if any, on the much stronger Mendez.

For his part, Mendez picked his spots and landed crisp power punches in every round. The repetitive onslaught finally caught up with Arceo, as he refused to come out for the sixth round.

“He didn’t hurt me with anything,” said Mendez, who is from Indio, Calif. by way of Oregon. “He was awkward in that he would throw a bunch of punches, but they didn’t have anything behind it. I think I did a good job of side stepping his attack to set up my own.”