Boxing News: IBF Orders Mares vs Agbeko Rematch, Don King's Request Is Granted

Boxing News: IBF Orders Mares vs Agbeko Rematch, Don King's Request Is Granted

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The IBF has granted Don King his request for an immediate rematch following the controversial championship fight between his fighter Joseph Agbeko and Abner Mares was greatly affected by what the IBF calls, "inappropriate conduct by the referee" that affected the fight's outcome. IBF Champions Chairman Lindsay Tucker told Ring Magazine that "Don King filed a formal complaint, and we received that protest yesterday. We just did what we thought was the right thing to do." According to Boxing Scene, a purse bid has been scheduled for September 15 and the match must take place before December 14th. The action packed August 13th fight between Mares and Agbeko for the IBF bantamweight (118 lbs) world title was marred by lowblows from Mares that the referee didn't catch or simply just warned Mares about. Never once did the referee take any points away from the challenger.The most reprehensible moment of referee Russell Mora's bad performance came in the eleventh round when he began to count Agebeko out when he went down from a blatant hard low blow. Agebko beat the count and continued the fight, losing his IBF title by a close majority decision. One has to feel he could've won had the referee been more fair and firm with his officiating.

8/17/2011

 
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