Manager Gary Hyde has informed WBN that contracts are signed for his fighter Guillermo Rigondeaux to make the first defence of his now unified WBA and WBO super-bantamweight titles against Joseph Agbeko.
The mega-talented Rigodeaux added the WBO belt to his WBA version with a comprehensive victory over Nonito Doniare in April and after much deliberation, will now face the current IBO bantamweight champion in Agbeko.
The fight will take place at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on December 7, according to Hyde, as 33 year-old two-time Olympic champion Rigondeaux makes just his 13th pro outing against the tried and tested Ghanaian.
Agbeko, also 33, reigned as IBF title holder at 118lbs between 2007 and 2011, during two spells, and recently ended a run of two losses against Abner Mares with a unanimous win over Luis Melendez in Accra.
‘King Kong’ is yet to paddle the waters at 122lb after spending his entire career at the bantamweight limit and will go into the clash with Rigondeaux as a huge underdog to end the Cuban’s dominant reign.
Rigondeaux v Agbeko adds to an already impressive-looking bill in New Jersey that features light-middleweight contender James Kirkland’s debut with 50 Cent against Glen Tapia and the return of Matthew Macklin who takes on the rangy Willie Nelson at middleweight.
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