Agbeko Looks Back After Defeat

Joseph AgbekoDefeated Joseph Agbeko has been speaking about his latest defeat last Saturday to WBA and WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux.

”I felt strong throughout the fight, it was just tough to get to him,” Agbeko said. ”I hurt my right hand early and couldn’t throw it much. But it was hard to catch him. He’s very fast and he’s got great footwork.”

Joseph Agbeko landed 48 punches all night! (4 per round)- the second lowest total for a twelve round title fight in CompuBox’s 28 year history (Randall Bailey’s 45 landed punches vs. Devon Alexander is the record).

Agbeko landed an average. of 28 punches per round in his four wars with Abner Mares and Yonnhy Perez.  Guillermo Rigondeaux’s last 6 opponents landed just 16% of their total punches- among all active championship caliber fighters.

Agbeko also deserved criticism for the slow pace. Trainer Roger Mayweather urged him to throw punches and take a few chances, but he was content to stay in a defensive shell for most of the bout.

Agbeko averaged only 29 punches per round.

Rigondeaux retained his titles with a 12-round, unanimous decision over former two-time bantamweight champ Joseph Agbeko at Boardwalk Hall’s Adrian Phillips Ballroom on Saturday night.

Judges Eugene Grant (120-108), Ron McNair (120-108) and Robin Taylor (120-108) all had Rigondeaux winning every round.

”I came to do what I need to do,” Rigondeaux said through an interpreter. ”Every time out there, I try to improve. I’m improving every day. I had no problems in any round.”

Rigondeaux, a native of Cuba now living in Miami, delivered a solid-yet-conservative performance.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist is considered one of boxing’s top pound-for-pound fighters, but draws criticism for his style.

He generated cheers from the crowd in the sixth round by landing five straight powerful left crosses to Agbeko’s midsection, but otherwise was content to stay on the outside and pepper him with right jabs and left hooks before dancing out of danger.

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