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Abner Mares' bantamweight tournament finale back on

June 20, 2011 |  5:07 pm

Abner Abner Mares' bantamweight tournament finale against previously injured Joseph Agbeko has been rescheduled to Aug. 13 at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Mares' promoter Richard Schaefer confirmed Monday.

Mares(21-0-1, 13 KOs), from Hawaiian Gardens, was due to fight Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) on April 23 at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, but Agbeko suffered extreme back pain called sciatica after a flight to the Southland from New York and had to withdraw.

Mares, 25, defeated Vic Darcinyan by split decision in the opening round of Showtime's four-fighter bantamweight tournament, and Agbeko won the International Boxing Federation belt by defeating Yonnhy Perez of Colombia.


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Photo: Boxer Abner Mares. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times