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Darchinyan vs. Mares - Perez vs. Agebko; Bantamweight tourney tonight on SHOWTIME

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

It all starts tonight.

An anticipated two-stage, single-elimination Bantamweight tournament begins tomorrow/Saturday, Dec. 11, on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT at Emerald Queen.

In the opening 12-round bout on the telecast, features two-time division titlist Vic Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) and undefeated, world-ranked Abner Mares (29-0-1) fighting for the World Boxing Council Silver Belt.

IBF 118-pound champion Yonnhy Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs) will defend against former IBF belt-holder and the boxer he dethroned, Joseph Agbeko (27-2, 22 KOs) in the second fight.

The winners of each semifinal will clash in the final in 2011 with the losing boxers competing in a consolation fight.

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