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Rigo oozes class in Agbeko domination, Kirkland and Macklin triumph

Phil Jay 08/12/2013

WBA and WBO super-bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux once again showed why there he is talked about as one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world with a one-side win over Joseph Agbeko on Saturday night.

The 33 year-old Cuban took every round, without doubt at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, and moved his impressive record onto 13-0 with eight stoppages with a shutout win on all cards.

In chief support, James Kirkland continued his good form as the highly-ranked light-middleweight pushed himself further towards a world title shot in 2014 with a TKO victory over Glen Tapia.

Referee Steve Smoger stepped in to end the contest early in the sixth as Kirkland connected with hurtful shots which Tapia had no answer for – after previously being in trouble in the second and the fourth.

Texan Kirkland improved his record to 32-1 with his 28th career stoppage and looks ready for a championship shot in his next fight after coming back from a long layoff in fine style.

The final bout of the HBO Boxing After Dark triple-header saw Ireland’s middleweight contender Matthew Macklin get his career back on track by out-pointing Lamar Russ over ten rounds.

Macklin, 31, was attempting to comeback from a damaging loss to Gennady Golovkin in June and did so by using his superior boxing skills to score a 98-92, 97-93, 96-94 decision on the judges scorecards.

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