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Boxing News of Thursday, 21 February 2013

Source: myjoyonline.com

Clottey backs Agbeko to defeat Melendez

Former world champion, Joshua Clottey says Joseph Agbeko has the ability to return to world championship status in his March 8 IBO bantamweight title bout with Colombian Luis Melendez at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Joshua Clottey became a world champion in 2008 after he put American Zabdiel Judah to the sword in Las Vegas, Nevada to claim the vacant IBF Welter weight Title.

Speaking to JOY Sports, the experienced Clottey hinted Joseph Agbeko's tough punching is an asset that would come handy in ensuring he wins this all important bout .

"He has power punches already, and all he needs to do is, add more punches especially his favorite four combinations. I have watched him severally and i know he would beat Melendez "he said.

Despite having a fight record of 28 wins, Joseph King Kong Agbeko has been inactive since failing to snatch the IBF and WBC silver bantamweight titles from Mexican-American, Abner Mares in December 2011, but his long time pal added he is buoyed to win because of the home support he will get on the March 8 at the Accra sports stadium.

"This is a world title fight. There is no way the Columbian can win here in Accra. All his fans would be around because it’s been such a long time since we saw a fight of this magnitude. So am positive he would win."

This would be the first World title bout to be staged in Ghana after Azumah Nelson's win against Sidnei dal Rovere in 1988 and is being put together by Fresh King Entertainment.

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