Rigondeaux dominates Agbeko, Kirkland stops Tapia in a war!
Photos by:Ed Mulholland/HBO
World super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs) successfully defended his WBO and WBA straps with a twelve round unanimous decision over Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (29-5, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Rigondeaux boxed circles around Agbeko, he stood his ground, fired off shots and was out of reach in one motion. Agbeko never really seemed to find his rhythm and though he pressed the action at times, he just could get set to punch. After the fourth round, Agbeko’s corner begged him to “make it a fight” but a Agbeko stayed behind the high guard and couldn’t find Rigo when he did decide to throw.
“If you’re not throwing punches, you’re worried about getting hit” said Agbeko’s trainer Roger Mayweather in between rounds “[Agbeko] got to take chances”
After 12 flawless rounds, all three judges would see it 120-108 all for the Cuban Rigondeaux.
“Every time, I’m trying to improve. I’m trying to throw more punches but Agbeko is a tough rival so it wasn’t easy” said Rigondeaux “If [Donaire] wants another beating, tell him to come get it”
In a brutal middleweight clash, James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over previously unbeaten Glen Tapia (20-1, 12 KOs). Tapia came out to test Kirkland’s chin right out of the gate. The two traded thudding blows to the head and body in the opening round. A wild left hand wobbled Tapia in the second and from there Kirkland began to pull away. Though Tapia kept throwing and landing big shots, he just couldn’t maintain the pace and the end would eventually come in the sixth after a punishing fifth round. Just 30 seconds into the sixth, referee Steve Smoger stepped in and waved it off when Tapia, pinned in a corner could no longer fight back.
“In the beginning of the fight, He caught me with some good shots but I came back and redeemed myself” said Kirkland “I’ll fight anybody. I have a great team that keeps me focused and whoever my team says, that’s where my team goes”