By Francisco Salazar
Although the Abner Mares-Joseph Agbeko bout was originally scheduled to take place on April 23rd in Los Angeles, their rescheduled bout will not take place in the City of Angels. Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez told Fightnews.com that the bout will not take place in the Los Angeles-area, most likely disappointing Southern California fight fans who were hoping to watch the bout locally. “We looked everywhere, but nothing is available on August 13th,” said Gomez, who also serves as Golden Boy’s Vice President. “Believe me, we did our homework and searched everywhere.”
Gomez said that the bout will more than likely land in Las Vegas. Although the Treasure Island Casino is one location the bout took place, other properties are options.
“We also looked at the Palms Casino for the fight. Don (King, Agbeko’s promoter) has had a deal with Treasure Island in the past. Nothing is concrete, so it could end up at Treasure Island or another venue.”
Ironically, Agbeko (28-2, 22 KO’s) from the Bronx, NY by way of Accra, Ghana, fought at Treasure Island in October of 2009, losing his world title belt to Yonnhy Perez by unanimous decision. He would win the rematch over Perez last December in the first leg of the SHOWTIME bantamweight tournament.
Mares, (21-0-1, 13 KO’s) from Montebello, CA by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, won the right to face Agbeko with a 12 round split decision over Vic Darchinyan on the same December card.
The bout on April 23rd was postponed less than five days prior because of a sudden attack of sciatica upon arriving at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). It was at the airport where Agbeko complained about pain in his leg and back, eventually taking a trip to the hospital.
Agbeko has resumed training, while Mares is training in Tepatitlan, not far from Guadalajara.