By Mohammed Mubarak
The IBF has ordered a rematch to be held within three months between Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko and Abner Mares due to bad judgment by the referee in the previous bout. Agbeko was hit numerous times with low blows throughout the fight and Mares was never penalized and was subsequently awarded the win. If Mares does not accept this order to be held within four months he could possibly be stripped of the IBF bantamweight title.
The IBF order states, “the rematch must be held within the next 120 days or by December 14, 2011. Neither fighter can take another fight until the rematch is completed. Negotiations should began immediately and be conducted by September 15.”
Promoter Don King, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday on August 20, said, “I commend the IBF President Darryl Peoples and Chairman Lindsey Tucker for confirming what everyone who witnessed the bout already knew. I urge the State of Nevada and it’s leaders to step up in similar fashion as the IBF has done. There should be an investigation to clear any and all doubts as to what occurred in this fight.”
The October 29 fight between Andre Ward vs. Carl Froch is heating up with Froch saying, “I strongly believe that if there’s going to be a knockout in this fight it’s going to be coming from me. I don’t feel that Andre Ward has got the punching power and even if he did, I’ve got a granite chin. I’m a beast, it’s as simple as that!”
On the other hand Ward says, “I love it this is what big time boxing is all about. And like I said before, Carl isn’t the first person that said that and he wouldn’t be the last. But I understand what I bring to the table, and I understand what it looks like on the outside. But getting in there and feeling those punches is something different and I’m telling you guys I’m hitting hard enough. Trust me!”
This is the finals of the Super Six Super Middleweight Championship and will televised on the Showtime Network live from Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Former world heavyweight champion Oliver McCall, who is now 56-11 with 37 knockouts, shows that he can still pack a punch coming off a majority decision win over an over weight and out of shape young Damian Wills last Saturday night at the Houston Athletic Center.
And finally, a new boxing gym has opened up in Los Angeles on 12th and La Brea. It’s called “Tru Boxing” and it’s owned and operated by Jerry Rosenberg who recently held a grand opening that attracted the likes of former world champion James “Lights Out” Toney, Master P, rapper Romeo, former world heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster, comedian Mike Epps and singer Raphael Saadiq.