Mares vs Agbeko Controversy

Mares is the new IBF champion after beating Joseph Agbeko in a controversial 12 round majority decision victory.

Agbeko’s corner is mad because had the ref deducted even one point for a low blow, it would’ve been a draw. On top of which, one low blow was counted as knockdown, which cost Agbeko two points. Ref, Russell Mora, was interviewed by Showtime’s Jim Gray about below the belt issues. Gray asked Mora if Mares would’ve won the fight without his help. Mora said from what he saw live, it was right on the belt. Showtime made the ref watch the “low blow” punches in replay. Mora responded by saying that he sticks to his decisions by not calling them “low blows.” Showtime’s Gray called the ref out and said “you’re way off.”

When interviewed, Mares said he didn’t land any low blows and is open to a rematch. Agbeko on the other hand said he got over 20 low blows. Gray of Showtime told Agbeko that he agreed with him. Agbeko said he demands an immediate rematch. Agbeko’s team said they’re reaching out to lawyers.