Injury forces Joseph Agbeko Out of Bantamweight Tournament Final vs. Abner Mares; Vic Darchinyan vs. Yonnhy Perez To Headline Saturday’s Showtime Card:
An untimely back injury sustained by IBF Bantamweight World Champion Joseph Agbeko earlier this week has forced him out of Saturday’s scheduled title defense—and the Showtime Bantamweight Tournament Final—against Abner Mares. The co-main event bout featuring former world champions Vic Darchinyan vs. Yonnhy Perez will go on as planned for the vacant IBO Bantamweight Championship this Saturday, April 23, at Nokia Theatre.Agbeko and Mares plan to attend Thursday’s Bantamweight Tournament Final press conference to address members of the media—at ESPNZone L.A. LIVE at Noon local time.
There has been no other word as of yet, but at that press conference there may be an announcement about when to expect Agbeko vs. Mares to happen, and whether it will be rescheduled immediately or down the road. Any additional notes about the card, the telecast and the consolation match between Darchinyan and Perez (which is still happening on Saturday) should be given at that time as well.