Resolute Rigo Ready to Defend His Title

Guillermo Rigondeaux (left), Joseph Agbeko (right) - Photo: Ed Mulholland

When Guillermo Rigondeaux, the champion at 122-pounds, stared across at his opponent, Joseph Agbeko, he didn't betray any emotion. Seconds passed, maybe minutes, and it could have been seasons before Rigondeaux would have flinched from his cold-eyed posture.

When the standoff at the weigh-in at Caesar's Atlantic City was finally broken up, Rigondeaux remained just as resolute. "Enough talk," he said. "Training camp is over. I'm ready to take care of business."

Rigondeaux is headlining Saturday's HBO Boxing After Dark  tripleheader, airing at 9:45 PM ET/PT from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The broadcast kicks off when middleweights Matthew Macklin and Lamar Russ square off in a 10-round contest.

Undefeated contender Glen Tapia will then meet seasoned veteran James Kirkland in a 10-round bout at a catchweight of 156 pounds.

Then, the feature event showcases Rigondeaux as he defends his titles against Agbeko in a match scheduled for 12 rounds.


Official Weights from Atlantic City:

Guillermo Rigondeaux: 121 lbs.

Joseph Agbeko: 121.6 lbs.


Glen Tapia: 156 lbs.

James Kirkland: 155.1 lbs.


Matthew Macklin: 159 lbs.

Lamar Russ: 159 lbs.


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