Agbeko vs. Mares for bantamweight title

Al Bernstein previews the Showtime Bantamweight Tournament that will crown an IBF bantamweight champion Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. IBF bantamweight belt holder Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (28-2 22KOs) squares off with the undefeated Abner Mares (21-0-1 13KOs).

The fight was postponed from an April date due to Agbeko getting off an airplane prior to fight week with sciatica that crippled him. Both fighters kept their poise and are more than ready to decide this once and for all on Saturday night, live on Showtime at 10:00 pm EDT and PDT (delayed on the west coast)

The winner of the bout will have survived a one and done tournament against the two other top bantamweights in the world. Will Nonito Donaire be on the agenda for tomorrow night’s winner?  Only time will tell.

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Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles.

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