Ghanaian boxing professional Joseph “Kingkong” Agbeko has pinpointed two fights as the toughest of his career and they might come as a bit of a surprise.
The 3 time former IBF bantamweight world interestingly picked none of his five career defeats as his toughest but opted for two wins in his career when quizzed on the toughest fight he had been in.
Agbeko picked his twelfth professional fight with South African Johannes Maisa in 2000 as one of the toughest.
He won the fight after 12 rounds by Unanimous decision winning the ABU bantamweight title in the process. Joseph Agbeko’s previous competitive fights had all ended in knockouts or Technical Knockouts prior to this matchup and lends credence to his claim. He attributes the tough nature of the fight to difference in humidity in South Africa to his homeland Ghana and not to the opponent he faced.
“The first one will be against Johannes Maisa in South Africa. It was a tough fight for me not because Maisa was too special. I came from Ghana South Africa has a a high altitude area so within the first three, four rounds my energy was gone I was totally gone. They predicted that by the 5th and 6th round I should be done but I was able to go the full 12 rounds and won by a unanimous decision.”
Agbeko’s defense of his IBM bantamweight title against Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan in 2009 is his other toughest fight. He surmises that Vic would have knocked him out had he lost focus and concentration.
“My 2nd toughest fight will be against Vic .It was a fight that I was very steady throughout, I never left any second in doubt because I wasn’t relaxed. Vic is a hard puncher, he comes in strong like the raging bull that he calls himself and he has power. I had to be very serious and focused throughout because of I took my mind off a bit, he would have knocked me out.”
Joseph Agbeko according to reports, in his latest fight successfully defended his WBO Africa bantamweight title, stopping Gabriel Ochieng in nine rounds at the Aborigines Beach Resort KETA, Volta Region.