“What happened in Vegas?” was a text I received from Big Steve who was at the Internet Cafe on Louise Ave nue inGlendale and could not watch the fight.
Abner Mares (22-0-1,13KO’S) has just dethroned King Agbeko and won a Showtime bantamweight tournament in a brilliant, instant fight of the year battle at the Hard Rock Hotel in front of boisterous crowd of approximately 2000 that was on their feet throughout the fight. Judges scored the fight 113-113 and 115-111 twice for Mares thus awarding him a majority decision win and a much coveted IBF championship crown. Team Agbeko cried fowl because of continuous low blows but they might have been forced by the former champion who was pulling down the head of his opponent. ” I felt like I had two opponents tonight in the ring, Abner Mares and the referee,” said dejected Agbeko (28-3,22KO’S) immediately after the fight:” The referee took my title away from me tonight, not Abner Mares. I demand an immediate rematch and the referee should be suspended.”
Youth was served tonight as the challenger thrown and landed more punches and was more effective. According to Showtime statistics Abner Mares has thrown 732 punches and landed 318 while Agbeko has thrown 662 punches and landed 231.“I am very happy,” exclaimed Mares:” I am a new IBF world champion. Clemente was telling me to stop going to the body because of the warnings, but I didn’t listen. I knew I was hurting him, so I kept doing it. It was a tough fight, but I think I dominated it.”