IBO Champ King Kong Agbeko Back in The Bantamweight Mix

By Robert Brizel, Real Combat Media Correspondent


Accra, Ghana (March 23, 2013)– Joseph ‘King Kong’ Agbeko is back, with a a 12 round unanimous decision win over Luis Melendez of Columbia at Accra Sports Stadium in Accra, Ghana, on Friday, March 22, 2013, to win the vacant International Boxing Organization Bantamweight title. This was a very rare world title bout of any kind in Ghana.The BoxRec number eight world ranked bantamweight had been inactive since losing a rematch for the IBF World and WBC Silver Bantamweight title to Abner Mares in December 2011.


King Kong Agbeko has been the 12 round distance ten times in his career, which began with a first round knockout of Agaitor Yao in Accra, Ghana on December 15, 1998. Now 29-4 with 22 knockouts. His record in 12 round bouts is 6-4. Agbeko knocked out his opponents in the only three 10 round bouts and two 8 round bouts he fought.


One of the ring’s most exciting fighters in the lower weight classes, Agbeko, 33, has fought Vin Darchinyan, Luis Alberto Perez, Abner Mares (twice), Yonnhy Perez (twice), Williams Gonzalez, Vladimir Sidorenko, and Johannes Maisa to name some of the ‘A’ list opponents Agbeko has waged war with in thrilling brutal ring wars.


Agbeko would be a good candidate to fight the winner of the World Boxing Council Bantamweight title fight on April 8, 2013, between Malcolm Tunacao of Philippines and Japanese southpaw WBC World Champion Shinsuke Yamanaka. Agbeko could also fight the winner of the International Boxing Federation title fight on May 4, 2013, between Venezuelan Alexander Munoz and Mexican-American IBF World champion Leo Santa Cruz. He could also fight the winner of Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym of Thailand versus World Boxing Association World Champion Japanese southpaw Koki Kameda in April 7, 2013. Or Agbeko could stay on the African continent and challenge World Boxing organization World Bantamweight champion Paulus Ambunda of Namibia, who is 20-0 and 32 years old (Agbeko is 33) in what would be an even match and a great fight for Accra Sports Stadium in 2013.

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