WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KO’s) put on a nice boxing clinic in defeating an over-matched Joseph Agbeko (29-5, 22 KO’s) by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Rigondeaux won the fight by the scores 120-108, 120-108, 120-108. In other words, Rigondeaux won every round of the one-sided fight.
Agbeko initially tried to make a fight of it in the first couple of rounds, but when he figured out he was too slow to land, he went into a shell and didn’t seem to try and win. It just looked like Agbeko was trying to survive. He’d try to throw shots, but he wouldn’t throw enough of them and he didn’t attack Rigondeaux the way braver opponents have done in the past. With Agbeko not really attacking in a meaningful way, it quickly become really one-sided with Rigondeaux picking a timid looking Agbeko off with shots at will and standing there waiting for attacks that never came from Agbeko.
It’s not surprising that Rigondeaux won so easily, as Agbeko came into the fight having lost 3 out of his last five fights. You kind of wish that Bob Arum of Top Rank had found a better opponent than Agbeko because this fight had mismatch written all over it the moment that the fight was signed.
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