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Joseph Agbeko: Rigondeaux Can Run, He Can't Hide

Out of sight and out of mind has finally ended for former two-time world champion Joseph KingKong Agbeko. After being trapped in a two-year on-and-off legal dispute with promoter Don King, Agbeko finally secured his promotional release last week and is ready to challenge any of leading names from 118 to 126.

There is one name topping Agbeko’s wish list, Guillermo Rigondeaux, the talented two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and current WBA-WBO World Champion. 

“I’ve always been a great action fighter for television and I will make a war with Rigo. He’s a great fighter, but he can fight dull. The fight with (Nonito) Donaire looked like a boring sparring session.” Agbeko said.

“I can guarantee network bosses and boxing fans that my fight with Rigo would be an action filled war. He can run but he can’t hide. I will impose my style on the fight. Rigo wants to be the master artist in the ring, but I’ll ruin his painting.  He wants to win fighting smart and safe. I won’t let him. I will do whatever I need to do to make him fight an all-out battle.”

Agbeko would also love the winner of this weekend’s Leo Santa Cruz and Victor Terrazas WBC Super Bantamweight title fight. He sees Santa Cruz as a gifted young fighter.

“I think Santa Cruz has a lot of heart and he’s an all-out fighter, but I don’t think he’s that skillful and smart in the ring,” Agbeko said. “I think he’ll win this weekend and then if he doesn’t fight Mares, I believe I’m the only boxer left for him to prove himself against. It will be a great match-up for me. I know I’m much smarter and more skilled than him. It will be his first loss against me. If Santa Cruz beats me, I would just
retire.”

Also sitting atop this weekend’s Showtime card is another major challenge the proud Ghanaian Agbeko wants,  a third and defining meeting with the highly respected Abner Mares,.

“The first fight most fans would agree with me that I should have got the win. The second fight, my body was in the ring but my mind was not there. I had too many distractions with the business side of the sport. I still consider Mares and Donaire the elite fighters I want. Beating Rigo or Santa Cruz is the best way to get to them.

“I know Mares is a great fighter but I also now that I can beat him, he knows it as well. He is the type of champion that wants to prove himself against the best so soon we shall meet again for the third time.” 

As a new promotional free-agent, Agbeko is finally free to work with whatever major promoter offers him the biggest test. He’s had just a brief tune-up victory in Accra, Ghana since he last major fight in the second Mares match in December, 2011. He feels fresh and strong, ready to battle at whatever weight the big opportunity comes.

“My mind and body are finally focused 100-percent on boxing and beating my opponent in the ring. I’m ready to prove myself against any challenge. There are so many great fighters in the 122-126 divisions and I know I can challenge and beat the best of them,” Agbeko stated. “I’d rather fight than talk, but fans need to know I’m back from being locked out and ready to deal with whatever promoter gets me the big fight. I’m ready for the best.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Light_Speed on 08-20-2013

Good fight. Agbeko would make Rigondeaux look entertaining for casual fans because of his aggressiveness. [QUOTE=DannYankee09;13664855]Putting pressure and making it a war was Nonito's plan too which he had to change in no more than 30 seconds after realizing sh*t…

Comment by Thurman on 08-20-2013

You can run, but you can't hide--unless you're Rigondeaux.

Comment by moonshineman on 08-20-2013

That's Great!. Little Joe has brass. Nobody else is asking to fight Rigondeaux.

Comment by ricky1978 on 08-20-2013

Easy fight for Rigo. I dont think Agbeko has much left.

Comment by SplitSecond on 08-20-2013

[QUOTE=Dagomba;13666217]You don't know sh*t. He's never been knocked out and every fight he has lost hasn't been a one sided beating. His sciatica could have ended his career yet he came back and fought a tremendous fight against Mares in…

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