Saturday, October 10, 2009

IBF Bantamweight Championship: Agbeko Vs. Perez

After winning against Vic Darchinyan in a unanimous decision, Joseph King Kong Agbeko will attempt the third title defense of his IBF bantamweight crown against Yohnny Perez on October 31 in Treasure Island Hotel & Casino.

Agbeko, whose almost pristine record of 27-1, with 22 victories coming in by way of knockout, is the heavy favorite in the upcoming match.

While there is no question about his punching power and certainly none with regards to his heart and aggressive style, will the Ghana native deliver the goods this time? In his last outing, it could be remembered that he vowed to shame Darchinyan by beating him “worse than Donaire did.”

However, the fight went the distance, but Agbeko did enough to earn the win with sheer aggression, durability, and above-mediocre defense, which was better than Darchinyan’s.

Stepping up to the challenge is Yohnny Perez of Colombia, who is undefeated in 19 fights and knocked out 14 of his opponents. His last win was a 12th round stoppage of Silence Mabuza last May.

Little is known about this slugger, but from the looks of his record, he has some pop in those hands. Perez might have the biggest fight of his career yet against bantamweight’s King Kong.

Boxer Profile

Joseph King Kong Agbeko

Record: 27 wins, 1 loss, 22 knockouts (81.49% knockout rate)
Stance: Orthodox
Height:: 5' 5½? / 166cm
Reach: 65½? / 166cm
Last win: Vic Darchinyan via UD

Yohnny Perez

Record: 19 wins, 14 knockouts (74%)
Height: ?
Reach: ?
Stance: ?
Last win: 12th-round knockout against Silence Mabuza

My prediction in this fight: Agbeko by decision


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