Former two-time world champion and top-rated IBF bantamweight Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko is now a promotional free-agent, he will mount the ring once again, this time in front of his home fans on 26th May, 2012 at the Accra Sports Stadium against Michael Domingo from Philippines.
Agbeko recently gained his freedom from Don King, the aging wild-haired promoter who is now virtually powerless in the sport he once dominated.
According to him, he disappointed Ghanaians in his last bout against Abner Mares and would like to win this fight as a compensation for Ghanaians.
"I have started serious training and believe the level of preparation so far is a clear indication of a win", he stated.
He hinted that following his disengagement from Don King, he has been approached by numerous promoters, but will study their proposals before pending his signature under any contract.
He asked all Ghanaians to pray for him.
Agbeko is ranked third in the world, by Ring Magazine, in the talent rich 118-pound division and can also make the move up to the even-stronger 122-pound class, where stars like Nonito Donaire and Guillermo Rigondeaux are fighting.
The New York based Agbeko is proud to represent his native Ghana in the ring, following in the tradition of greats like Azumah Nelson and Ike Quartey. Agbeko confidently stated, “Now that I have my promotional freedom I will show my true boxing talent. Now I will finally be able to focus on fighting and not have to deal with the behind-the-scenes scheming of King.”
Agbeko lost his International Boxing Federation (IBF) World Title, in August, via a highly controversial 12-round decision to Abner Mares. The exciting yet foul plagued first bout led to a mandated December rematch won by Mares over 12. Agbeko is confident the third fight will be different.