LAS VEGAS: Mexico’s Abner Mares won the International Boxing Federation bantamweight title and remained unbeaten as a professional with a majority decision over Joseph Agbeko. Mares knocked Agbeko down in the 11th round with an apparent low blow before going on to win the fight on two of the three judges’ scorecards. Two judges scored the bout 115-111 for Mares, while the other scored the 118-pound bout 113-113. The Ghana-born Agbeko falls to 28-3 with 22 knockouts, while Mares is now 22-0 with one draw and 13 knockouts.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 15th, 2011.