Philippines, 20 Feb 2020
  Home >> News

 


BOXERS

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

NEWS           

FORUM        

FIGHT GALLERIES        

RING CARD GIRLS        




 
 
News  


Agbeko versus Mares: A Tainted Tournament Final


PhilBoxing.com




Las Vegas, Nevada ? Showtime Network?s bantamweight tournament concluded tonight with Abner Mares winning a controversial UD victory over IBF champ Joseph Agbeko. The fight was marred by continuous low blows from Mares which referee Russell Mora did not penalize.

A very telling low blow by Mares in the eleventh round of the fight which dropped Agbeko was not censured by Mora and instead was called a knockdown. A frustrated Agbeko protested to no avail as Mora continued his count. This was the second knockdown of the fight as Agbeko was dropped early in the first round as he slipped and at the same time got caught with a left hook from Mares. Agbeko?s trainer had to be restrained at the end of that round as he rushed in the middle of the ring to confront Mora.

The fight minus the controversial non calls by Mora was otherwise a great fight as both Mares and Agbeko had rounds to shine on their own. Mares started strong early in the fight as he backed Agbeko with shots to the head and the body.

Agbeko started his comeback when he hurt Mares in the fourth with an overhand right. He utilized that same punch throughout the fight which left considerable swelling in Mares? right temple. A cut suffered by Mares in the sixth round from an accidental clash of heads did not help the swelling either. Mares showed his resiliency as he proved that he can take Agbeko?s big shots and come back with counter shots of his own. Agbeko rallied on the second half of the fight as Mares filed an early lead but his momentum was stopped on the 10th and the fateful eleventh round from the Mora blunder.

But the continuous unpenalized low blows were the night?s disappointment not only for Agbeko and his corner but to everyone who watched the fight. Mora?s non call was heavily criticized by the ringside crew that was announcing the fight for Showtime and rightfully so. Russel Mora who was interviewed after the fight defended his actions and maintained that he made the right call of the last knockdown.

A replay of his call was showed to him by Showtime?s Jim Gray and Mora still refused to admit his mistake. ?It has a different view point from looking at it here in slow motion, (but) from where I saw it live, I saw it as a fair punch in the belt line and that was my call.? he asserted. He refused to admit the error despite the glaring proof in the giant screen of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Resort.

The tournament was well received by fans and the boxing world as it fitted four of the division?s finest in a Final Four format. The hopes were for the winner to fight WBO and WBC champion; Nonito Donaire in the future. The result of it makes it a bitter pill to swallow for everyone, all because of the incompetence of the third man on the ring.

Questions will remain and continue to linger because of the closeness of the score cards after the fight. If the right deductions were made on Mares and the questionable knockdown nullified, this would have been a draw on the cards. That is too late now for Agbeko whose team plans to file a protest to the International Boxing Federation (IBF). A protest which clearly mandates a prompt explanation and subsequent action from the IBF. This should be done not only for Team Agbeko, but for the fans and the sport of boxing as well.


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Rich Mazon .


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • Will Santisima’s chin hold up?
    By Joaquin Henson, , Thu, 20 Feb 2020
  • Yafai Already in the USA for Battle Against Chocolatito
    By Carlos Costa, , Thu, 20 Feb 2020
  • Card Shaping up for RDR Promotions card on Saturday, March 7th at The 2300 Arena
    , Thu, 20 Feb 2020
  • HAWAIIAN PROSPECTS DALIS KALEIOPU AND ASA STEVENS SIGN WITH GOLDEN BOY
    , Thu, 20 Feb 2020
  • Salita Promotions Signs Undefeated Armenian Featherweight Aram Avagyan to a Promotional Contract
    , Thu, 20 Feb 2020
  • HAGLER FAVORS WILDER, KLITSCHKO AND TYSON CHOSE FURY
    By Maloney L. Samaco, , Wed, 19 Feb 2020
  • Navarrete vs Santisima: A Battle of Power Punchers (Photos)
    By Carlos Costa, , Wed, 19 Feb 2020
  • Trend Favors Inoue, Nakatani Versus Casimero, Magramo
    By Teodoro Medina Reynoso, , Wed, 19 Feb 2020
  • Two fights for Manny this year?
    By Joaquin Henson, , Wed, 19 Feb 2020
  • DEONTAY WILDER & TYSON FURY MAKE GRAND ARRIVALS AT MGM GRAND (PHOTOS)
    , Wed, 19 Feb 2020
  • Q and A with Undefeated Lightweight Ruben Torres
    , Wed, 19 Feb 2020
  • UP-APO Patinikan sa Chess begins on February 24
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Wed, 19 Feb 2020
  • BOXING LEGENDS, CHAMPIONS & MORE GIVE THEIR PREDICTIONS FOR WILDER VS. FURY II
    , Wed, 19 Feb 2020
  • Closed Circuit Tickets Available For Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II Heavyweight Championship Rematch Saturday, February 22
    , Wed, 19 Feb 2020
  • FRIDAY: Featherweight and Super Lightweight Golden Contract Semifinal Bouts to Stream LIVE on ESPN+
    , Wed, 19 Feb 2020
  • Bomba Gonzalez vs Baby Juarez Clash Friday on Telemundo
    , Wed, 19 Feb 2020
  • 3-TIME WORLD CHAMPION JESSIE VARGAS CONFIRMED FOR SIXTH ANNUAL BOX FAN EXPO, DURING CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND, SATURDAY MAY 2, IN LAS VEGAS
    , Wed, 19 Feb 2020
  • Magramo guns for vacant title
    By Joaquin Henson, , Tue, 18 Feb 2020
  • Boxing Fighters System 2: Three WKN titles on the line in Nimes, France
    , Tue, 18 Feb 2020
  • Bob Arum Lays Stake on Top With Tyson Fury and Naoya Inoue
    By Teodoro Medina Reynoso, , Tue, 18 Feb 2020
  • The Past Week in Action 17 February 2020
    By Eric Armit, , Tue, 18 Feb 2020
  • FOWLER CLASHES WITH FLATLEY IN MANCHESTER
    , Tue, 18 Feb 2020
  • SANTISIMA HOPES TO REVIVE PACQUIAO-LEDWABA AGAINST NAVARRETE
    By Maloney L. Samaco, , Tue, 18 Feb 2020
  • NAKATANI vs MAGRAMO FOR WBO 112 WORLD BELT
    By Carlos Costa, , Tue, 18 Feb 2020
  • TYSON FURY Media Conference Call Transcript
    , Tue, 18 Feb 2020




  •  




     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2020 philboxing.com.