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Mares' long wait for Agbeko pays off

Updated: August 12, 2011, 4:53 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

The semifinals of Showtime's four-man bantamweight tournament went quite smoothly and produced a pair of action-packed fights last Dec. 18, when Abner Mares took a bloody split decision against Vic Darchinyan, and Joseph "King Kong" Agbeko regained his title by winning a unanimous decision against Yonnhy Perez in their rematch in the main event.

It set up a final between Agbeko and Mares, a fight that also -- on paper, at least -- figured to be action-packed. They were scheduled to meet ...

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