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Agbeko-Mares, Darchinyan-Perez at Nokia Theatre

NEW YORK - Joseph King Kong Agbeko will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight world championship against undefeated rising star Abner Mares, who defends his WBC Silver bantamweight championship in the eagerly awaited finals of The Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All on Saturday, April 23 LIVE on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.

In what will be a hotly contested co-feature, former two-division world champion Vic "Raging Bull" Darchinyan and former IBF bantamweight world championYonnhy "El Colombiano" Perez will clash in the tournament consolation bout.

Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $75, $50 and $25, go on sale Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. PT and will be available online at Ticketmaster.com, and via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (800) 745-3000      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  Tickets will also be available at STAPLES Center Box Office.

Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs), of Accra, Ghana, earned a berth in the finals by dealing Perez his first career loss via a unanimous 12-round decision in the tournament semifinals last Dec. 11 in Tacoma, Wash., on SHOWTIME.  Agbeko avenged a points' loss to Perez which took place in a Halloween night slugfest in 2009 on SHOWTIME by impressively taking the rematch by the scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113.

The thrilling encounter was punctuated by one of the year's most memorable and exciting rounds - the sixth - a give-and-take slugfest that saw each fighter neglect defense and go for broke.  In the end, it was Agbeko, who despite fighting for the first time in 13 months, controlled the fight with his excellent defense and effective strategy.

Earlier in the night, Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs), of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif. by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, came from behind in dramatic fashion to reach the tournament finals by winning a 12-round split decision over former two-division world champ Darchinyan in a bloody, knockdown laden affair.

The charismatic and crowd-pleasing Mares recovered from a deep cut along his hairline in the opening round, the first knockdown of his career in the second and a points-deduction for low blows in the fourth with a rally that saw him deck Darchinyan in the seventh en route to registering the most-noteworthy triumph of his career by the scores of 115-111, 113-112 and 111-115.

The 5-foot 5 ½-inch, 30-year-old Agbeko will have the advantage in world championship fight experience as  he has appeared in five world title fights while the 5-foot 5-inch, 25-year-old Mares has fought in just one - a disputed 12-round majority draw against Perez on May 22, 2010..

Both Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, by way of Vanadzok, Armenia, and Perez(20-1-1, 14 KOs), of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., by way of Cartagena, Colombia, will be looking to bounce back from bitter setbacks in the semifinals.  The winner of their bout remains in contention for a possible title shot against the winner of the Agbeko-Mares fight.

The hard-hitting, 5-foot 5½-inch Darchinyan displayed improved boxing skills against Mares, but after manufacturing a seemingly comfortable lead, faded in the late rounds.  A former 115-pound kingpin, Darchinyan has participated in 15 world title fights.

As was evident against Mares, the 35-year-old Darchinyan would be better served to stick to his improved boxing game plan rather than his old style of brawling against the determined, durable, well-conditioned, younger and taller 32-year-old Perez, a natural bantamweight who, at 5-foot 7-inches, is very tall for the division.

The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All is promoted by Don King Productions, Gary Shaw Productions, Golden Boy Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions.  An exciting undercard will be announced shortly.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Walt Liquor on 02-08-2011

:sleeping:[QUOTE=Afactor4;10077821]Of course they'll sell out. There's no question about it. Armenians in the Southern California area will flood in to see Vic. Abner Mares is based in Southern California as well, so he'll likely have a lot of support too.…

Comment by Walt Liquor on 02-08-2011

[QUOTE=Di Bushbaby;10077579]These kind of shows are the REAL "big shows"in boxing baby!!:headbang::headbang::headbang:[/QUOTE] you ain't lying. I CANT WAIT for this card. I got Agbeko and I haven't decided on the other fight. Agbeko has too much in his repertoire for…

Comment by onechance87 on 02-08-2011

[QUOTE=Afactor4;10077821]Of course they'll sell out. There's no question about it. Armenians in the Southern California area will flood in to see Vic. Abner Mares is based in Southern California as well, so he'll likely have a lot of support too.…

Comment by Afactor4 on 02-08-2011

[QUOTE=Shadows;10077591]That seems doable if they promote it correctly.[/QUOTE] Of course they'll sell out. There's no question about it. Armenians in the Southern California area will flood in to see Vic. Abner Mares is based in Southern California as well, so…

Comment by brick wall on 02-08-2011

i'm picking agbeko to beat mares. perez over darchi.

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