He weighs just 118 pounds, and us NYC fightwriters are consumed by the highest-profile bout at Madison Square Garden in many moons, so hopefully Joseph Agbeko (28-3 with 22 KOs) can forgive us if his Saturday rematch against Abner Mares (22-0-1 with 13 KOs) in Anaheim has gotten short shrift here on NYFightBlog.
It is no small offense, as the Bronx-based Ghanian boxer, who absorbed a bucketload of low blows from Mares en route to a majority decision loss in their Aug. 13 tangle, is No. 1 on our NYC P4P Top 20 list. Will the two-time former IBF bantam champ be the top dog after he clashes with the young gun Mares?
If I had to guess, I'd say momentum favors the 26-year-old Mares, and we could see Paul Malignaggi in the P4P top slot next week if the 31 year-old Agbeko gets an L on Saturday night. You can watch for yourself on Showtime (9 p.m. ET).
Win or lose, Agbeko is a superb representative of the sweet science. He could've--and probably should've --whacked Mares in the groin after the third or fourth time Mares slammed him there, but instead waited for the ref to do the right thing. The ref, Russell Mora, didn't and basically helped hand Mares the win and the IBF crown.
Classy Agbeko would be excused if he showed some disgust toward Mares, but that's not his style. “In the last fight there were some fouls and this time the ref will be watching and doing the right thing," Agbeko said. "He knows how to throw a punch in the right place and I think he will on Saturday."