Advertisement
Advertisement

Agbeko To Get Hero's Welcome, Eager For Mares Fight

By David "Los Gatos" Rosenberg

Kofi Owusu Aduonum has advised BoxingScene.com that former bantamweight champion Joseph Agbeko is set to arrive back home to spend quality time with his family. A large gathering and a hero's welcome is expected at Kotoka International Airport in Ghana. Agbeko's fans will be waiting in crowds to show the boxer their support for last Saturday's controversial majority decision loss to Abner Mares in Las Vegas.

The IBF issued an immediate rematch order. Agbeko's team is discussing a possible rematch date of December 3 on Showtime. The conduct of referee Russell Mora was instrumental in the IBF's decision. He warned Mares, several times in the fight, over lows blows, but he never took away a point and scored one of those low blows as a knockdown when Agbeko went down in pain in the eleventh round.

"I am extremely happy about the decision for a rematch. It is an opportunity to prove that I am the real champion. I thank God the whole world saw the injustice and the calculated attempt to deny me of my title. I pray for fair officiating, and I will give it my best shot.  It will be a tough battle but I will do my best to prove a point," Agbeko said.

“Don King protested from day one when referee Mora's name surfaced as the man to officiate the bout because he is of Mexican native. I suspected foul play at the weigh-in session. Against normal practice, they allowed Mares to weigh ahead of me the champion and they told me I had exceeded the required weight, which I knew was false. Mares and his team did everything possible for him to emerge as the winner because he is the first boxer [Golden Boy Promotions] has trained through the ranks to that level."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TheMexHurricane on 08-21-2011

[COLOR="Red"][SIZE="4"] The only controversy here is that the judges didn't have Mares ahead by a much wider margin like they should have. Mares landed approx 100 more power punches and dictated the tempo much more than Agbeko.[/SIZE][/COLOR]

Comment by budfr on 08-21-2011

Only the mexican haters believe Agbeko won. He didn´t. People are either jealous of Mexican boxers, (puerto ricans), Blacks, or have white guilt. Mexican commentators, including the legendary Finito Lopez, saw Mares a winner, Agbeko pulled him down and hit…

Comment by budfr on 08-21-2011

[QUOTE=kokingbill;11015131]Ya I dont think Mora was paid off, just a little to eager to help out a fellow Mexican-American. They should have a race neutral ref, just like they should split up the judges from the same country. It is…

Comment by mshap on 08-20-2011

Agbeko needs to implement a different strategy next time -- more aggression, willingness to engage in exchanges and more activity -- he's a better all-around fighter than Mares but he needs to use all of his skills.

Comment by Ray* on 08-20-2011

[QUOTE=wazaa 2.0;11015635]WTF ?! There is absolutely no difference between Somalia and Ghana. None.[/QUOTE] [B]Really???? Do you Somalia have been going through civil wars over the last 25 years or so right? Ghana is still a better place than somalia right…

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (17)
Top Headlines Parker's Promoter Vows: We'll KO Joshua, Haye, Chisora, Fury! Kauffman Rips Wilder: Took The Easy Way Out, I Beat Arreola's Ass! Jarrell Miller Demolishes Nick Guivas, Dela Torre Struggles in Win Photos: Shane Mosley, David Avanesyan - Face To Face at Weighin Video: Shane Mosley vs. David Avanesyan Official Weighin Photos: Rances Barthelemy Putting in Work For Mickey Bey Defense Chavez Jr. Says Training Pact With Freddie Roach is Stronger Now Donnie Nietes Very Happy With Casimero's World Title Victory Photos/Weights: Miguel Vazquez vs. Erick Bone, More Avanesyan's Coach: Mosley Has Declined, We'll Take Advantage Hearn: I Told Loeffler, Eubank Will Sign For Golovkin Right Now Teddy Atlas: McGregor Needs 5 Years of Training For Mayweather Povetkin's Promoter: WBC's Investigation Will Take a Few Months Casimero: I Can Drop Chocolatito Just Like I Dropped Ruenroeng! Video: Shane Mosley vs. Cruiserweight Dimar Ortuz - Sparring Eddie Hearn Believes Ricky Burns is Still The Same Fighter Whyte Says Chisora Punked Out, Backed Down From Challenge WBC Prez Applauds Pacquiao For Turning Back on Olympic Offer Haye vs. Gjergjaj Peaked at 2.5 Million Viewers For Channel Dave Hearn: Everton Event Will Be Great For Community WBO Purse Bid Ordered for Glowacki vs. Usyk Jarrell Miller Rips Joshua, Fury, Luis Ortiz, Parker, Andy Ruiz Too Joel Diaz: Bradley Had No Game Plan, Looked Lost and Confused Eubank Jr: Golovkin is Slow, Easy To Hit - His Power Can't Beat Me! Makabu Confident: Tony Bellew Has NOTHING Special For Me Frank Warren Slams David Haye's Recent Win, Briggs Fight Micki Nielsen Vows To Win Entire 'Super 4' Tournament Fury's Coach: Parker is a Very Serious Test For Anthony Joshua Steven Lewis Aims To Make Statement on Echo Arena Card Radmir Akhmediyev, Pablo Cruz Get Big Wins in Houston Povetkin Not Backing Down: We'll Do Everything To Get Wilder! Anthony Ogogo - Sauerland, De La Hoya Expect Big Things Tyrone Nurse Says Willie Limond Will Never Make it To Ricky Burns Arum Praises Pacquiao For Rejecting Offer To Fight in Olympics Roach Backs Canelo: Golovkin The Best, But Brings NO Money! Donnie Nietes, Raul Garcia Make Weight - Melindo is Way Over Photos: Shane Mosley, David Avanesyan Putting in Work For Battle Demetrius Andrade Focused: My Time's Gonna Come Photos/Weights: Jarrell Miller vs. Nick Guivas, Dela Torre, More Roach Feels Chavez Jr. - If in Shape - Could Test Gennady Golovkin
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement