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Abner Mares, Joseph Agbeko advance in SHOWTIME Bantamweight tourney

Joseph Agbeko and Yonnhy Perez posing at press

Joseph Agbeko and Yonnhy Perez posing at press conference for SHOWTIME Bantamweight tournament. December 10, 2010. Credit: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME

Joseph Agbeko was looking for a some revenge against Yonnhy Perez. He got it via split decision in a SHOWTIME Bantamweight semifinal on Saturday night.

Agbeko was dominant as the judges scored the fight 116-112, 117-111, 115-111. Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) regained his IBF 118-pound title.

"This is my meal ticket and I'm glad I got it back." Agbeko said to the AP  of regaining the title he lost to Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs).. "I'm presenting it to Ghana as a Christmas bonus."

In the other semifinal, Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) scored a split-decision win over Vic Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs). The scoring was a bit peculiar, however, as two judges scored it 115-111, 113-112 in favor of Mares, while the other scored it 115-111 for Darchinyan.

It was fight filled with excitement as both fighters were knocked down. Mares actually lost a point for a low blow and had a cut over his eye in the first round that opened up throughout the bout. But that didn't stop him from taking over in the mid rounds, including scoring a knock down in the fifth.

Abgeko will meet Mares in the final, while Darchinyan will face Perez in a consolation match.

New York Sports