Former International Boxing Federation (IBF) Bantamweight title champion, Joseph Agbeko has declared his readiness to claim the vacant International Boxing Organization (IBO) Bantamweight title against Michael Domingo of Philippines on May 26 scheduled for Accra.
The 32-year old has been offered yet another opportunity to win his second world title and he told GNA Sports that he would make the most of the golden opportunity when he battles it out with the Filipino at the El-Wak Stadium.
Agbeko said staging the bout in Ghana provides him with the perfect opportunity to make amends after successive losses to Mexican Abner Mares last year. “This is the perfect opportunity to start all over again and I want to start from here (Ghana),” said Agbeko, who last fought in the national capital five years ago.
Domingo, 32, boasts of an impressive record of 44 wins and 16 losses from 62 fights; whiles Agbeko, whose fight tally equates half of his opponent’s total remains upbeat of stopping the Filipino nicknamed “Bruce Lee”.
“As a former World champion, I’m more experienced than him (Domingo). It does not mean that I disrespect him. He has more fights than I have but the fact that I have won the world title before gives me an edge.
“He (Domingo) has never won a world title and facing me presents him a chance to win one. Psychologically, I’m better than him but the most important thing is to prepare very well for the fight,” Agbeko said.
The Bill dubbed “Now or Never”, is being put together by Golden Mike Boxing Promotion Syndicate with support from the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA).
Other fights on the bill are Ebenezer Lamptey versus Frederick Lawson in a WBO Africa Super Featherweight championship and Theophilus Tetteh against Joshua Okine in a WBO Africa Super Welterweight championship.
Emmanuel Tagoe will face Italian Antonio Devicis in an IBF Inter-Continental Super Featherweight championship fight with Samuel Amoako facing Brazilian Vrissidey Siquera in a WBO Africa Lightweight contest.
This will be the first time a world title fight is being staged in Ghana since the legendary Azumah Nelson beat Brazilian Sidnei Dal Rovere on December 10, 1988 at the Accra Sports Stadium.