Rigondeaux Wins by UD; Kirkland Crushes Tapia
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ –
In a front of a mostly empty arena, Guillermo Rigondeaux defeated Joseph Agbeko by unanimous decision Saturday night to retain the WBA and WBO super bantamweight championship titles.
Not to imply the fight didn’t sell, just a large number of the crowd in attendance exited the building before and during the main event. Over the course of 12 rounds, Rigondeaux easily dominated Agbeko by fighting on the outside with superior punch selection, hand speed and ring showmanship. The crowd responded briefly during round six when Rigondeaux landed repeated blows downstairs on Agbeko but for the most part lost interest. For fans who appreciate the defensive aspect of the sweet science, it was another masterful performance for Rigondeaux. Asked about a possible Donaire rematch, Rigo responded: “Donaire is traumatized after the beating that I gave him. If he wants another beating, tell him to come get it,”
Donaire and Rigondeaux may soon get their wish.
Judges final scores: Judges Eugene Grant (120-108), Ron McNair (120-108) and Robin Taylor (120-108) all had Rigondeaux winning every round.
In the co-featured bout, James Kirkland completely annihilated undefeated James Tapia to win by technical knockout in the sixth round.
The war was on as early as soon as the opening bell dinged. Tapia emerged from his corner with a vengeance throwing haymakers and Kirkland returning fire to the mid section. Kirkland, who was rejoined by trainer Ann Wolfe, performed with deadly inspiration as he ate big blows from Tapia and delivered skull crushing left hooks. The longer the fight went on, the deadlier Kirkland’s power and precision became and the more difficult it was to watch. Completely overmatched, Tapia’s head was snapped back, left and right at Kirkland’s will. The end would come 38 seconds into the sixth round when Tapia was out on his feet. Seeing enough, referee Steve Smoger stopped the fight.
Tapia was later transported to nearby AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Campus for treatment. No update at the time of this posting
Middleweight Matthew Macklin (30-5, 20 KOs) won by 10-round, unanimous decision over Lamar Russ of Wilmington, N.C.