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Abner Mares - "Both Agbeko Knockdowns Were Good!"

Joseph Agbeko has called for an immediate rematch after a controversial defeat to Abner Mares for the IBF world title and the finale of the Showtime Bantamweight Tournament in Las Vegas.

Mares picked up a majority decision, with two judges calling it 115-111 and the other 113-113, but it was the performance of referee Russell Mora that attracted most of the post-fight fallout.

He failed to deduct Mares a point despite several warnings for low blows and then awarded him a knockdown in the penultimate round for a punch he has already deemed as illegal.

"I had two opponents in the ring - Abner Mares and the referee," said Ghana's Agbeko. "The referee took away my title tonight not Abner Mares."

But Mares - who has not ruled out a rematch - claimed he had only done what had been required to get the win.

"The first knock down was good and the second one I hit him on the belt," said Mares adding that Agbeko's tactic of using his arm to force Mares head down prompted the blows below the belt. "He (Agbeko) was holding me down."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by uoykcuf on 08-15-2011

[QUOTE=RIZO24;10993898]This guy knows boxing.. People just watch the fight on mute and forget about the Showtime commentators and you will see that a lot of the so called low blows were on the belt line, just like [B]the Punch Khan…

Comment by RIZO24 on 08-15-2011

[QUOTE=ernestot;10988726]i saw the fight and had mares wining most of the body blows were on the belt line, some looked like the body blow that khan knocked out judah with right on the belt line where it is legal and…

Comment by puga on 08-15-2011

ofcourse they were....it earned you that belt golotita....

Comment by alembic on 08-15-2011

I think in a championship fight, a questionable call should be handled with instant replay. If the ref blows a call and a majority of judges deem it necessary, they throw a red flag into the ring and review the…

Comment by Margarito_619 on 08-15-2011

Come on Abner...ok the first was a knockdown but the second was without a doubt a low blow! Sh*t the refering in this fight was a complete low blow to boxing!! I hate to see good fights turn into circus!…

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