Agbeko eyes another world title: Melendez rematch, Mares not in his plans

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

Agbeko revealed also the possibility of stepping into the ring soon to fight the winner of the WBA/WBO super bantamweight championship fight between Filipino American, Nonito Donaire, and Guillermo Rigondeaux on April 13 in New York, hence his resolve to fight at a higher weight class.

"I might move up to the super bantamweight because I'm having a lot of problems making the weight as a bantamweight," he said.

Mares, who handed Agbeko his last two defeats, one of which was a controversial decision and resulted in a rematch two years ago, is not on the Ghanaian's radar now because the Mexican had moved up weight and is now fighting as a featherweight, a division which is not in the consideration for Agbeko.

"I am not thinking about Abner Mares now. Even though Showtime [the American boxing promotions network] has started talking about Agbeko-Mares III, I don't think I'll move up to featherweight now. It's not on my mind now but definitely in future it will happen," assured Agbeko who became a world champion for the third time on his 33rd birthday.

Explaining why a rematch with Melendez was not in his plans despite a request by the Mexican for another showdown, Agbeko did not hide the fact that monetary considerations weighed heavily in his future plans.

"No disrespect for Melendez but I want the big fights in the United States, fights that can generate a lot of money.

"I am not running away from him but this time the dream is big and I'm thinking ahead," said the former two-time IBF bantamweight champion who dedicated last Saturday's win to the deceased wife of his new trainer, Ofori Asare.

Story by Maurice Quansah