Boxing News of Friday, 22 March 2013
Source: News One
Former world boxing champion Joseph ‘King Kong’ Agbeko will tonight fight Luis Melendez of Colombia for the IBO Bantamweight belt in Accra and the Ghanaian says he may beat his challenger to death if care is not taken..
King Kong has explained that although he is not underestimating his Colombian Challenger, he is in perfect shape and form to win this match. “I am not promising a knock-out but if the chance comes I would take advantage of it and knock him off. This fight is very important to me because I am fighting my last Bantamweight fight in Accra and in the last 20 years, this is the first time we are hosting a world title fight in Ghana. I’ve watched some videos of Melendez and I admit he is durable and doesn’t give much space but we are working very hard to take care of any problems he will pose.
I'am confident of victory, if not a knockout, it could be on points but definitely an impressive win. “The fight also means a lot to me because it is a vacant IBO title fight and because it is in Accra, I can’t and won’t let my people down. I would do my best and I know God is on my side,” King Kong replied.
The Ghanaian boxer called on his fans to move to the Accra Sport stadium to watch the fight tonight and that he would be fighting in honour of the wife of his trainer, Asare Ofori. My trainer (Asare Ofori) lost his wife early last week when we were seriously training and it affected all of us psychologically; yet he did not abandon me. He sacrificed everything to help me win this fight and I must win to make him proud. I must win to honour the memory of his wife, I must win to make Ghana proud, I must win to move my career forward,” Agbeko stated.
Josephn Agbeko is returning to the ring for the first time after losing a rematch against Abner Mares in December 2011 in a bout that broke the heart of Ghanaians.
"I love Ghanaians, I know you’ve been supporting me all this while and I thank you very much because I know I can make it up to you. All I can do is to win for you at all cost so please pray for me and come to Accra Sports Stadium to cheer me to victory. This is not a fight for me alone, it’s a fight for the entire nation,” Agbeko said.
The two boxers had their weighing at the Accra Mall last night.