Let’s Do It Again! Mares vs. Agbeko 2

By By Francis Walker BASN Boxing writer
Updated: October 18, 2011

Abner Mares Joseph Agbeko

Abner Mares Joseph Agbeko

NEW YORK, NY (BASN)—The highly anticipated rematch between IBF bantamweight champion Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs) vs. Joseph Agbeko (28-3, 22 KOs) will commence on Saturday, December 3, 2011, at Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. Mares-Agbeko will be the featured main event of a SHOWTIME championship boxing doubleheader beginning at 9 PM/ET.

The co-featured attraction will match SHOWTIME fight-favorite Vic Darchinyan (37-3-1, 27 KOs) challenging Anselmo Moreno (31-1-1, 11 KOs) for the WBA bantamweight championship.

In August, Mares, in the finals of SHOWTIME’s bantamweight championship tournament, defeated Agbeko in controversial fashion having landed numerous low-blows under referee Russell Mora. Mares was warned on several occasions for hitting below the belt, but kept hitting Agbeko below the belt without a single point deduction. Perhaps the most upsetting was when Agbeko dropped to a knee in the eleventh round after another low-blow. Mora ruled it an official knockdown.

The low-blows took away from the fact that Mares-Agbeko was closely contested and one of the best action fights of 2011. Both fighters throwing a combined 1394 punches. The three official judges at ringside scored the bout 115-111 (twice) and 113-113 even.

It didn’t take long for the International Boxing Federation to side with Agbeko and approve a deserved rematch.

“As I said after our first fight, Abner Mares did not win my world title, the referee gave it to him,” Agbeko said. “This is not to say Mares cannot win. His undefeated record shows he has boxing abilities. His challenge now is to prove he can beat me in a fair fight. The world and a new referee will be watching this young man to see if he can keep his gloves above the beltline. In a fair fight, I know I will prevail.”

Mares is just as eager to mix-it-up with Agbeko once more and is confident that lightening will strike twice.

“I’m looking forward to December 3rd to clear the record and show that I deserve to be a world champion,” said Mares. “I beat him the first time and I’ll beat him again, but this time it will be easier. I’m going to make a statement in this fight.”

Darchinyan vs.


Vic Darchinyan is a fight-fan favorite because of his explosive, action-packed, and hard-punching knockout style.

Making his 14th appearance on SHOWTIME, Darchinyan will challenge Moreno for the WBA 118-pound title just before Mares’ defense against Agbeko. Darchinyan has a golden opportunity to win add a bantamweight championship belt to his resume, but accomplishing that task won’t be easy.

Moreno, fighting for the first time in the United States, hasn’t lost a fight in more than nine years. At age 26, Moreno is nine years younger than Darchinyan (35) and is a very good boxer.

Chris Arreola returns in November

Chris Arreola still has hopes to become the first Mexican-American to win a world heavyweight championship.

Following a failed bid to defeat Vitali Klitschko for the WBC title in 2009, Arreola is currently riding a five-bout winning streak and has won 6 of 7 fights overall. Arreola’s journey toward a second world heavyweight title fight continues on Saturday, November 5, in Leon, Mexico.

The bout will be the first for Arreola (33-2, 28 KOs) in Mexico when he battles Alonzo Butler (28-2-21 KOs). Televisa will broadcast the event with undercard bouts beginning beginning broadcast will start at 10:30 p.m.

It’s hard to explain my feelings about fighting in Mexico,” Arreola discussed. “I’m thrilled because of their love for real fighters, but at the same time, it is important for me to put on a great show and live up to those expectations. It truly is a great honor to fight in Mexico and to box in a true Mexican environment. It’s such a beautiful country, there’s nothing like it as a fighter.”

Arreola, a native of Riverside, CA, was born to Mexican parents. Mom is from Sinaloa and Dad was born in Durango. Arreola is excited to fight in Mexico and promises an electrifying performance.

“I just need to go out there and win convincingly, and keep winning convincingly,” Arreola said. “It’s a great feeling for Televisa’s interest of having me fight in Mexico, in front of the many fans that I want to see that I’m a true Mexican warrior.”

Added: Arreola: “As for my opponent, Alonzo Butler, I know he’s got 21 knockouts in his 28 wins, and I have 28 KOs in my 33 victories, so you can bet it will be a wild swinging fight.”