- Joseph Agbeko has blamed Don King for his defeats by Abner Mares
- Agbeko lost his IBF bantamweight belt to the Mexican in 2011
- He became Ghana's sixth world champion when he won the belt in 2009
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Former International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight world champion, Joseph Agbeko, has recounted how he lost his belt nine years ago.
The silky boxer has blamed veteran boxing promoter, Don King, for his defeats by Mexican boxer, Abner Mares, in 2011.
In the first fight, Agbeko lost to the Mexican under controversial circumstances.
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However, in the second fight, Agbeko failed to match the hand speed of Mares as he lost again.
After nine years, Agbeko believes Don King, who was his promoter at that time, caused the defeats.
In an interview monitored by YEN.com.gh on Graphic Sports, Agbeko said Don King sold the right to stage the bouts to his opponent and that affected his chances.
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Agbeko said his decision to seek justice from the court over his promoter's treatment stalled his progress. Agbeko told Graphic Sports:
So many things happen in fights which people don’t know. My promoter at the time, Don King, was supposed to team up with Golden Boy to stage the fight but that didn’t happen.
I got to know at the last minute that the fight had been sold to my opponent’s camp and that allowed them to take over the bout.
I was frustrated after the second fight with Mares so I decided to take Don King to court after realising the negative people around me.
I decided to take the case out of court because it was stalling my career and prevented me from fighting for two years.
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YEN.com.gh previously reported a story about Agbeko stressing that he is ready to become a three-time world champ.
Agbeko, 40, is not thinking about retirement as his target is to win another world title for the country.
The former world champion is ranked number 3 by the World Boxing Organization and he is close to landing a world title shot.
Agbeko became Ghana's sixth world champion when he won the IBF bantamweight belt in 2009.
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