Joseph Agbeko

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Joseph Agbeko
Nickname(s) King Kong
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
Reach 166 cm (65 in)
Nationality Ghanaian
Born (1980-03-22) 22 March 1980 (age 38)
Accra, Ghana
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 39
Wins 34
Wins by KO 25
Losses 5

Joseph Agbeko (born 22 March 1980) is a Ghanaian professional boxer. He is a two-time former bantamweight world champion, having held the IBF title twice between 2007 and 2011. Additionally he held the Commonwealth bantamweight title from 2004 to 2006; the IBO bantamweight title in 2013; and has challenged once for a super bantamweight world title in 2013.

Professional career[edit]

On September 29, 2007, he dethroned Luis Alberto Perez to become the new IBF bantamweight titleholder. Agbeko was inactive for 1 year, 2 months and 11 days before defending his title on December 11, 2008. In a fight that had been repeatedly postponed, he defeated William Gonzalez by majority decision. On July 11, 2009, Agbeko successfully defended his IBF bantamweight title by scoring a unanimous decision win over former two division champion Vic Darchinyan. On Halloween night, October 31, 2009, Agbeko lost his IBF title by 12 round unanimous decision to 20-0 Colombian challenger Yonnhy Pérez.

Perez vs. Agbeko II[edit]

On December 11, 2010, Agbeko was given the chance to regain his IBF title when he took on Yonnhy Pérez in the semi-finals of the Showtime Bantamweight tournament, which was televised live from The Battle at the Boat series at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. Rather than brawling as he had done in his first fight with Pérez, Agbeko chose to use his boxing skills and stiff jab to cruise to a unanimous decision victory, with the judges scoring it 116-112, 117-111 and 115-113. Also on the card was Abner Mares, who defeated Vic Darchinyan via controversial split-decision to advance to the finals and a showdown with Agbeko.[1]

Agbeko vs. Mares[edit]

"King Kong" Agbeko was scheduled to take on Abner Mares in the Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All on Saturday, April 23 on Showtime. However, Agbeko pulled out of the fight just days prior citing an injury. The fight has been rescheduled for August 13 in Las Vegas.[2]

The fight ensued as scheduled on the 13th. However, the focal point of the fight became referee Russell Mora who repeatedly warned Mares for low blows without taking a point. To Agbeko's credit, despite at least 23 blows to the belt and below, he did not retaliate in kind.

Post fight Jim Gray continued Showtime's lambasting of Mora in an interview where he plainly showed the crucial call that turned the fight. A low blow in the 11th leading to a knockdown.

In all there were two knockdowns. The first coming early could have been called a slip but a punch was landed. The second was the result of what was definitely a low blow. It is possible that without the knockdown, Mares would not have won the fight. The scoring read 115-111, 115-111 and 113-113.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
39 fights 34 wins 5 losses
By knockout 25 0
By decision 9 5
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
39 Win 34–5 Uganda Frank Kiwalabye UD 12 30 Mar 2018 Ghana Mission Ga School Park, Aflao, Ghana Won vacant WBO Africa bantamweight title
38 Win 33–5 Ghana Abdul Malik Jabir TKO 10 (10) 3 Nov 2017 Ghana Aborigines Beach Resort, Keta, Ghana
37 Win 32–5 Ghana Martin Ahiadekey TKO 7 (8) 14 Oct 2017 Ghana City Engineers Yard, Accra, Ghana
36 Win 31–5 Tanzania Haji Juma UD 10 28 Oct 2016 Ghana Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana
35 Win 30–5 Philippines Juanito Rubillar TKO 4 (10), 1:31 30 May 2015 United States County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas, US
34 Loss 29–5 Cuba Guillermo Rigondeaux UD 12 7 Dec 2013 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US For WBA (Super), WBO, The Ring, and lineal super bantamweight titles
33 Win 29–4 Colombia Luis Melendez UD 12 22 Mar 2013 Ghana Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana Won vacant IBO bantamweight title
32 Loss 28–4 Mexico Abner Mares UD 12 3 Dec 2011 United States Honda Center, Anaheim, California, US For IBF and WBC Silver bantamweight titles
31 Loss 28–3 Mexico Abner Mares MD 12 13 Aug 2011 United States The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, US Lost IBF bantamweight title;
For WBC Silver bantamweight title
30 Win 28–2 Colombia Yonnhy Pérez UD 12 11 Dec 2010 United States Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, US Won IBF bantamweight title
29 Loss 27–2 Colombia Yonnhy Pérez UD 12 31 Oct 2009 United States Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, US Lost IBF bantamweight title
28 Win 27–1 Armenia Vic Darchinyan UD 12 11 Jul 2009 United States BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida, US Retained IBF bantamweight title
27 Win 26–1 Nicaragua William Gonzalez MD 12 11 Dec 2008 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, US Retained IBF bantamweight title
26 Win 25–1 Nicaragua Luis Alberto Pérez RTD 7 (12), 3:00 29 Sep 2007 United States ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California, US Won IBF bantamweight title
25 Win 24–1 United States Fidencio Reyes TKO 4 (8), 1:23 9 Aug 2007 United States The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, US
24 Win 23–1 Ghana Baba Nsor TKO 4 23 Mar 2007 Ghana Azumah Nelson Sports Complex, Accra, Ghana
23 Win 22–1 Ghana Sumaila Badu UD 12 29 Oct 2004 Ghana Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana Won vacant Commonwealth bantamweight title
22 Loss 21–1 Ukraine Volodymyr Sydorenko MD 12 18 May 2004 Germany Hansehalle, Lübeck, Germany For EBA bantamweight title
21 Win 21–0 South Africa Cedric Conway TKO 6 (10) 13 Jun 2003 Ghana Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana
20 Win 20–0 Benin Charlemagne Agbotomey TKO 4 (10), 1:02 4 Oct 2002 Ghana Globe Cinema, Accra, Ghana
19 Win 19–0 Romania Sabin Bornei TKO 6 (12), 1:30 10 May 2002 United Kingdom Britannia International Hotel, London, England Retained WBF (Federation) bantamweight title
18 Win 18–0 Uganda Michael Kizza TKO 2 (12) 8 Sep 2001 Ghana Kaneshie Sports Complex, Accra, Ghana Won vacant WBF (Federation) bantamweight title
17 Win 17–0 Cameroon Faustin Rostand TKO 2 (6) 27 Jul 2001 Ghana Kaneshie Sports Complex, Accra, Ghana
16 Win 16–0 Nigeria Ganiyu Olafimihan KO 2 6 Jun 2001 Ghana Ghana
15 Win 15–0 Ivory Coast Moses Kennedy KO 2 4 May 2001 Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
14 Win 14–0 Nigeria Mike Orlando KO 4 24 Mar 2001 Nigeria Nigeria
13 Win 13–0 Ivory Coast Chris Bandel KO 2 20 Mar 2001 Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
12 Win 12–0 South Africa Johannes Maisa UD 12 14 Nov 2000 South Africa Carnival City, Brakpan, South Africa Won vacant ABU bantamweight title
11 Win 11–0 Benin Arouma Yessoufou KO 1 7 Oct 2000 Benin Benin
10 Win 10–0 Togo Laurent Zakpo KO 2 29 Aug 2000 Benin Benin
9 Win 9–0 Ghana Ola Balougon TKO 2 (12), 0:52 5 May 2000 Ghana Accra, Ghana
8 Win 8–0 Nigeria Friday Fatunji Felix KO 1 (10) 16 Oct 1999 Nigeria Nigeria
7 Win 7–0 Senegal Freddy Mutala KO 7 19 Sep 1999 Senegal Senegal
6 Win 6–0 Ghana Abdul Malik Jabir KO 1 (12) 30 Jul 1999 Ghana Kaneshie Sports Complex, Accra, Ghana Won vacant Ghanaian bantamweight title
5 Win 5–0 Benin Patrice Owai PTS 6 4 Jun 1999 Benin Benin
4 Win 4–0 Ghana Roland Igbafei TKO 2 1 May 1999 Ghana Accra, Ghana
3 Win 3–0 Ivory Coast Ray Medoza KO 8 4 Apr 1999 Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
2 Win 2–0 Togo Laurent Zakpo KO 2 13 Mar 1999 Togo Togo
1 Win 1–0 Ghana Agaitor Yao KO 1 (6) 16 Dec 1998 Ghana Kaneshie Sports Complex, Accra, Ghana


In 2010, to honor Joseph's exploits in the sport of boxing, the town of Sogakope in the Volta Region of Ghana enstooled him as a warrior chief. His enstoolment name was Togbe Kaletor I, which means 'Brave Warrior.'[3]


  1. ^ LaBate, Chris (December 11, 2011). "Joseph Agbeko Decisions Yonnhy Perez, Reclaims Title". Retrieved August 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Article". Archived from the original on 2011-06-01. 
  3. ^ "Agbeko enstooled Warrior Chief in Volta Region" Archived 2010-12-30 at the Wayback Machine., My Joy Online(Ghana), December 28, 2010

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Steve Dotse
Ghanaian bantamweight champion
30 July 1999 – May 2000
Title next held by
Anyetei Laryea
ABU bantamweight champion
5 May 2000 – September 2001
Title next held by
Friday Fatunji Felix
Title last held by
Steve Molitor
bantamweight champion

29 October 2004 – June 2006
Title next held by
Tshifhiwa Munyai
Title last held by
Duke Micah
WBO Africa
bantamweight champion

30 March 2018 – present
Minor world boxing titles
Title last held by
Steve Molitor
WBF (Federation)
bantamweight champion

8 September 2001 – June 2002
Title next held by
Lubabalo Msuthu
Title last held by
Anselmo Moreno
IBO bantamweight champion
22 March 2013 – December 2013
Title next held by
Juan Carlos Payano
Major world boxing titles
Preceded by
Luis Alberto Pérez
IBF bantamweight champion
29 September 2007 – October 31, 2009
Succeeded by
Yonnhy Pérez
Preceded by
Yonnhy Pérez
IBF bantamweight champion
11 December 201013 August 2011
Succeeded by
Abner Mares