Showtime’s bantamweight tournament will in the end conclude this Saturday night with International boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion Joseph Agbeko (28-2, 22 KO’s) facing still unbeaten WBC Silver bantamweight champion Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KO’s) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Sin city, Nevada.
Agbeko, 31, defeated Yonnhy Perez within his last fight using a 12 round unanimous decision to capture the IBF belt last December. Before that, Agbeko were being beaten by Perez inside a 12 round decision in October 2009. That fight type of took many interest right out the tourney likewise, because boxing fans had already seen both fight and were expecting another wide decision win for Perez.
Mares, 25, has received a poor tournament, fighting to your 12 round draw with Perez in May 2010, after which you can winning an exceedingly controversial 12 round split decision make an impression on Vic Darchinyan in December 2010. Darchinyan landed the considerably cleaner shots all during the entire fight coupled with Mares giving the impression of a bloody mess. The struggle really needed a rematch before selling it to a finals.
Taken in general, with Mares winning a questionable decision over Darchinyan and Agbeko having beaten no company apart from Perez, it form of makes the whole finals feel anti-climatic. The tournament really needed more fighters for it to think an absolute tournament.
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