ATLANTIC CITY (November 13, 2013) -- Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) / World Boxing Organization (WBO) 122-pound world champion and Cuban sensation GUILLERMO "El Chacal" RIGONDEAUX returns to the ring fresh from his career-best victory. Rigondeaux will be bidding for Fighter of the Year honors when he defends his unified titles against former two-time world champion JOSEPH "King Kong" AGBEKO, Saturday, December 7, at Boardwalk Hall's Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Atlantic City. The card will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark® beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. The live telecast will also feature local favorite GLEN "Jersey Boy" TAPIA risking his Top-10 rating and undefeated record in a 10-round junior middleweight battle against knockout artist JAMES KIRKLAND and three-time world title challenger MATTHEW MACKLIN in a 10-round middleweight rumble against undefeated contender LAMAR RUSS.
These six gladiators boast a combined record of 135-10, 96 KOs -- a winning percentage of 93% and a victory by knockout ratio of 71%.
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Caesars Atlantic City, Caribe Promotions, SMS Promotions, DiBella Entertainment and Tecate, tickets to the Rigondeaux vs. Agbeko world championship event go on sale Tomorrow! Thursday, November 14, at Noon ET. Priced at $200, $100. $50 and $25, plus applicable service charges, tickets can be purchased at Boardwalk Hall box office, all Ticketmaster locations and online at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone call 800-736-1420.
"After a brilliant performance against Nonito Donaire, Rigondeaux puts his extraordinary skills to test on December 7 against Joseph Agbeko," said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank. “This bout epitomizes the contrast of style of slick boxer versus brawler. Which style will prevail?"
“On December 7, fans will see some of the fight game's purest boxing and punching at its most distilled," says Peter Nelson, director of programming, HBO Sports. "The Boardwalk in Atlantic City is the perfect home for three such intriguing match-ups."
"I'm very excited to get back in the ring,” said Rigondeaux. “Joseph Agbeko is a great champion, and I believe all fans will be pleased with the type of performance we will both exhibit to end a great year of boxing. I believe Agbeko will come prepared, ready to engage and be very aggressive. We will both showcase our skills, and I am very pleased to have the opportunity to end 2013 the way I opened it up, with surprise and pure boxing class for the world to see. I would like to thank HBO, my promoters Top Rank and Caribe promotions, my manager Gary Hyde, advisor Alex Bornote, trainers Ramon Garbey, Joel Casamayor, Pedro Luis, and all those that have a part in making this fight happen."
"This is going to be a great fight. I'm extremely motivated. I plan to make my country proud by becoming world champion again after I defeat Rigondeaux," declared Agbeko.
“I've been waiting for this opportunity my whole life. Now that it’s here it's time for me to show the world that I'm here to stay. This is just the beginning,” said Tapia.
"Tapia hasn't fought anyone near my level. I'm going for the knockout," said Kirkland.
"I am looking forward to getting back in the ring and back to my winning ways," said Macklin. "I've seen a few of Russ' fights and he's very sharp, very skilled and he's always in exciting fights as am I. This should be a great fight for the fans both in Atlantic City and those watching on HBO. A big win against Lamar will set me up nicely for a big 2014."