Joseph Agbeko vs. Juanito Rubillar headline “The Return” this Saturday at the El Paso Memorial Coliseum
Three-times World Champion, Joseph Agbeko, 29-5 (22 KOs) from Accra, Ghana, Africa, will return to the ring for the first time in over 13 months to square off against Philippines’ Juanito Rubillar, ex WBC Continental Americas Light Flyweight Champion, 49-22-7 (24 KO) in the main event of the card called “The Return”, on Saturday May 30th at El Paso Memorial Coliseum in El Paso, Texas. Continue reading
In a fight that should have never been made, WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion (13-0, 8 KO’s) easily beat a ring-rusty veteran Joseph Agbeko (29-5m 22 KO’s) in winning a ridiculously easy 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Rigondeaux was too fast for Agbeko, and was able to hit him cleanly with left hands all night long. Agbeko tried hard to land his shots, but he was too slow and way out of out of his class.
It was one of those fights where the class between the two fighters was too far apart for the fight to be competitive. No doubt, Agbeko could have been more aggressive to try and win the fight, but it looked like he made up his mind he was just going to go the distance and not do what he needed to in order to win the fight. Continue reading
Saturday’s HBO Boxing After Dark telecast tripleheader airs at 9:45 p.m. (ET/PT).
The HBO telecast kicks off live from Boardwalk Hall’s Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Atlantic City when middleweights Matthew Macklin and Lamar Russ square off in a 10-round contest.
Undefeated contender Glen Tapia meets seasoned veteran James Kirkland in a 10-round bout at a catchweight of 156 lbs.
Saturday’s feature event showcases 122-pound champion Guillermo Rigondeaux as he defends his titles against Joseph Agbeko in a match scheduled for 12 rounds.
Note: During Saturday night’s Boxing After Dark tripleheader telecast from Atlantic City (9:45 p.m. ET/PT), HBO will replay clips of a 2001 interview with former South African President Nelson Mandela.
One day before Hasim Rahman upset Lennox Lewis for the heavyweight championship on April 21, 2001 in South Africa, HBO commentator Larry Merchant sat down for a one-on-one interview with the extraordinary leader at his home in Mozambique. The two discussed Mr. Mandela’s connection and appreciation of the sport of boxing. Continue reading
Nonito Donaire and Joseph Agbeko both became well established names in boxing circles following impressive victories against Vic Darchinyan. More than 6 years ago, when still a relative unknown, Donaire was the first to defeat Darchinyan in a shocking upset knockout. From there Donaire coasted and ultimately earned universal elite status recognition. Many people felt Donaire’s great run would continue for the foreseeable future, and it had until he was outclassed by Guillermo Rigondeaux earlier this year.
Rigondeaux made Donaire look absolutely terrible. In fact Rigondeaux was so dominant that it left fans searching for answers. Was Rigondeaux really that good? Was Donaire perhaps a bit overrated? Is Donaire on the slide? A bad style match up? An off night? Too reliant on his power? Whatever the case may be, Donaire’s style was awful and entirely ineffective against Rigondeaux. Donaire more closely resembled a rank amateur than a solidified P4P superstar. It was simply a masterful performance from the Cuban sensation. Continue reading
JOSEPH KING KONG AGBEKO
Age: 33 (3-22-80 – Joseph said this is his correct date of birth; Fight Fax has 3-22-77)
Residence: Accra, Ghana
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana
Record: 29-4, 22 KOs
Manager: Frank Espinoza
Trainer: Roger Mayweather Continue reading
Joseph Agbeko is offering an early holiday present for boxing fans by proposing a fight between himself and newly crowned WBC Super-bantamweight Champion Leo Santa Cruz.
“What a great fight and challenge it would be. Two action fighters going head to head. Santa Cruz doesn’t take a backward step. He keeps throwing punches constantly,” Agbeko said. “I’m an all action fighter. It’s a perfect television fight. Continue reading
Out of sight and out of mind has finally ended for former two-time world champion Joseph KingKong Agbeko. After being trapped in a two-year on-and-off legal dispute with promoter Don King, Agbeko finally secured his promotional release last week and is ready to challenge any of leading names from 118 to 126. Continue reading
Former IBF Bantamweight titlist, Joseph King Kong Agbeko will be more than happy to shake hands and warmly embrace American referee, Russel Mora any day. Agbeko was at the suffering end of one of the most controversial boxing officiatings ever in his first fight against Mexican Abner Mares in August 2011 as referee Mora failed to punish Mares for several low blows much to the chagrin of Agbeko and the boxing world.
In the event, the Ghanaian lost the IBF belt which he then held and even though the IBF ordered an immediate rematch barely four months later, Agbeko was not in his groove and lost that one via a unanimous verdict. Continue reading
By Prince Dornu-Leiku – The countdown is over and the moment of truth is upon us later tonight in the Ghanaian capital, Accra when former world champion, Joseph King Kong Agbeko finally returns to the ring for the first time since December 2011, exactly six years to the day since he last fought in the homeland and on his 33rd birthday.
Agbeko takes on Colombian slugger, Luis Melendez for the IBO Bantamweight title at the Accra Sports Stadium and after both boxers weighed-in on Thursday afternoon, the stage has been set for the headline bout of Agbeko’s own newly formed Fresh King Entertainment’s maiden ever promotion, incidentally the first world title fight in Ghana in over 25 years.
Coming in the wake of a Congress and elections which elected Peter Zwennes as the new President of the sport in Ghana, young prospects Sena Agbeko and Fred Lawson also feature on the action packed bill expected to attract many Ghanaian boxing greats, administrators, officials, fans and enthusiasts including some of Agbeko’s musician and actor friends to the national stadium. Continue reading
By Prince Dornu-Leiku — Former IBF Welterweight champion, Joshua Clottey is confident compatriot Joseph King Kong Agbeko will overcome eColombia’s Luis Mendelez to win the IBO Bantamweight title when they clash in Accra on March 24.
Clottey was present at the Bridge Boxing Gym in the Ghanaian capital on Thursday when Agbeko held an open training session beamed live to the world by Ghana’s leading sports television station, Metro TV. And Clottey who was even made to mockingly interview Agbeko live on TV, believes King Kong is primed for victory.
“At this stage with just a week to the fight, he doesn’t need to train so hard but just focus on his speed. I think with what I’ve seen here today, Agbeko is in good shape and will go for the win. I’m sure he will win by a knockout, even if he doesn’t knock him out then he will win by a wide margin,” Joshua Clottey said at the event. Continue reading