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Photos: Mares-Agbeko, Moreno-Darchinyan Working Out
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LOS ANGELES With just four days until their respective world championship showdowns on Saturday, Dec. 3, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., all four fighters preparing for the World Championship Doubleheader participated in an open media workout at Westside Boxing Club in Los Angeles, Calif.

In the main event, unbeaten rising star Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs), of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Bantamweight Championship titles against the boxer he dethroned, former Two-Time IBF Bantamweight World Champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko (28-3, 22 KOs), of Accra, Ghana.

In the co-featured world championship bout, Anselmo Chemito Moreno (31-1-1, 11 KOs), of Panama City, Panama, will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) Bantamweight Super Championship against Two-Division World Champion Vic The Raging Bull Darchinyan (37-3-1, 27 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, by way of Vanadzor, Armenia.

The doubleheader is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Don King Productions and Gary Shaw Productions and sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools and AT&T.

Tickets for Mares vs. Agbeko II, priced at $150, $100, $50 and $25, are available for purchase at all Ticketmaster locations, online at, via charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000 and at the Honda Center Box Office.

Heres what the fighters had to say on Tuesday:


Im really looking forward to facing him again. It took a lot away from the championship. Now I just want to go in the ring and perform, beat him again and fight a good fight.

My last three or four opponents have been champions or world champions, so I think everyone knows what Im capable of.

I could have taken some time off or fought someone else. I hope to win the right way so people will give me the credit I deserve.

Its a world championship fight and its a great night for the fans. If it goes 12 rounds, lets make it 12 interesting rounds.

I need to maintain my distance and not fight his fight.

The knockout comes by itself. We definitely want to throw a lot of punches and aim for his head, but I just want to perform. If the knockout comes, its comes.

Im excited to be fighting back in California. Anaheim has great boxing fans.

When two warriors face each other all you can expect is a good fight.

I want to go in there and make a statement in the first two rounds. Hes a good fighter and he never gave up in the last fight, so I think the first few rounds will be key.

I just want to go in there and capitalize and move on. Hes a great champion and it should be a great fight. I need to fight smart, box and move onto other fighters.

Hes a well-schooled fighter and he maintained and got back in the fight like a world champion will, but Im ready to show a different Abner in this fight.

If you dont risk, youre not going to win.


Boxing is always different. What happens in one fight doesnt always happen again. Im going in as warrior and Im ready for war.

My job is to go in and fight and come out as the winning fighter. I want to get the belt back.

At the press conference, Mares said he wants a knockout. If he said he wants a knockout, then Im going to knock him out.

There will be a lot of changes in the ring this time, but the whole world will see the best Joseph Agbeko.

In the last fight there were some fouls and this time the ref will be watching and doing the right thing.

He knows how to throw a punch in the right place and I think he will on Saturday.

I think about what happened every night and Im looking forward to getting back in the ring.

The key is for me to prove that Im better than him.

Mares is a good fighter, but I need to prove that I am the better fighter. I am physically ready to do that.

I deserved a rematch and Im glad they gave me one right away.

I didnt retaliate against him because I had to be professional and I have to obey the rules of the sport.


Im going to fight him the way hell fight me. Im not going to hesitate.

This is my first fight in the U.S. and Im ready to get in the ring and show my skills. Im not nervous about my first fight in the U.S., I just want to show why Im the world champion.

Darchinyan has his own style and hes been a champion, too. I think it will be a style fight and, if we do it properly, it will be one hell of a fight.

Youre going to see a hell of a fight from me and I will defend my title [successfully].

Vic has a different style, but I have a very rare style as well. Im looking to connect on all my punches, but its not as easy as people think.

If everything comes out good on Saturday night and I win, I want to fight the winner of Mares and Agbeko.

My ability and my intelligence has to be the difference in the fight.


Im looking for a smart fight, but for sure Ill knock him out.

Ive fought southpaws and taller guys in the past and I didnt have problems with them. I think it will be a good fight but I wont have any problems with him.

Im looking for bigger fights Im looking to move up to 122 (pounds) to fight the bigger guys after I beat him.

I love southpaws he fits my style. Ill go to the body and the head and destroy him slowly before the knockout. But I will knock him out, 100 percent.

Im an exciting fighter. Ill go after him and knock him out.

I want to go higher and higher. I think this will be my last fight at 118. I just want to fight the best and fight for titles.

Mares vs. Agbeko II is a 12-round bout for Mares IBF and WBC Silver Bantamweight Championships which will take place Saturday, Dec. 3 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. In the co-featured world championship bout, Anselmo Chemito Moreno will defend his WBA Bantamweight Super World Championship against former two-division World Champion Vic The Raging Bull Darchinyan. The doubleheader is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Don King Productions and Gary Shaw Productions and sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. The doubleheader will be televised live on SHOWTIME beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

Tickets for Mares vs. Agbeko II, priced at $150, $100, $50 and $25, are available for purchase at all Ticketmaster locations, online at, via charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000 and at the Honda Center Box Office.

Tags: Anselmo Moreno , Vic Darchinyan , Abner Mares , Joseph Agbeko , Agbeko-Mares , Agbeko vs Mares , photos , Darchinyan vs Moreno , Darchinyan-Moreno

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comment by EdMon917, on 11-30-2011
I hate the fact that it's on the same night as the big PPV. I will watch them after the PPV is over. Both fights are interesting.

comment by alphaqfrankie, on 11-30-2011
should be a great fight!

comment by cotto#1p4p, on 11-30-2011
I've seen many people complain about not being able to watch Margarito vs Cotto and Mares vs Agbeko because they start at the same time but Showtime has the Darchinyan fight before the main event while HBO PPV has 3 fights(Jones, Wolak, and Rios) before the main event. I think we'll be able to w...

comment by Zenkai, on 11-30-2011
Agbeko deserved this rematch, ontop of the W for their first fight. Hope he turns the table on the outcome; It would be perfect if he could just KO Mares so we dont have any refs or judges trying to keep the belt away from the king!

comment by minasyan, on 11-30-2011
I should be able to watch Vic's fight then turn into Cotto's ye?

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