Originally posted on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 10/12/11

LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 27: Abner Mares celebrates his victory against opponent Carlos Fulgencio on August 27, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jacob de Golish/Getty Images)
On December 3, Abner Mares and Joseph Agbeko fight in a rematch of a controversial August bout. Mares won a unanimous decision in a bout noted more for its botched officiating than anything else. Mares earned the Showtime Bantamweight Tournament victory and his first professional world title, but there is a lot between the lines. Date: Saturday, December 3, 2011 Site: Honda Center, Anaheim, California Title: IBF Bantamweight Title: 12 Rounds Mares vs. Agbeko II Preview Credit: Tom Casino / Showtime Not to beat up referee Russell Mora all over again, but it’s impossible to discuss their first encounter without addressing his horrific performance. After all, his refereeing was so surreal and awful that it totally took the focus off an otherwise sizzling fight between two top bantamweights. The obvious victim of this was Agbeko, as dozens of low blows crashed into his groin area without a point deduction. It’s fair to say that Mares would have been disqualified by just about a...
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