Updated: Sunday, 08 December 2013 14:40 | By Agence France-Presse

Rigondeaux outpoints Agbeko to keep title

Cuban dynamo Guillermo Rigondeaux retained his World Boxing Association super bantamweight title with a unanimous decision over Joseph Agbeko.


Rigondeaux outpoints Agbeko to keep title

Cuban dynamo Guillermo Rigondeaux, shown in a file picture, retained his World Boxing Association super bantamweight title with a unanimous decision over Joseph Agbeko

Rigondeaux scored a dominating win over the challenger as all three judges at the Boardwalk Hall scored the fight 120-108 in his favour.

"Every time I fight I try to improve but he was a tough rival," said Rigondeaux, who is now 13-0 with eight knockouts. "I am improving every day and I am showing it each fight."

Former two-time champ Agbeko (29-5) has lost three of his last four fights.

It marked Rigondeaux's first fight since his dominating victory earlier this year over Nonito Donaire.

Asked after the fight if he would welcome a rematch with Donaire, Rigondeaux said he looks forward to it.

"Nonito is a poor man. He is traumatized after the beating I gave him.

"If he wants another beating tell him to come and get it. I am Number One."

The 33-year-old Rigondeaux easily defeated Donaire by a unanimous decision in April.

Rigondeaux fashioned a superb amateur career that included 400 wins and just 12 losses. As a professional, he compiled an undefeated record with the help of his superb counter-punching and defensive skills.

He is also considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport.

Ghana's Agbeko came into the fight after a long layoff as he has now won just once since 2010.

In the undercard, James Kirkland recorded a sixth round technical knockout over previously unbeaten Glen Tapia.

Kirkland seized control of the fight in the fourth round and then carried that over into a dominating fifth. The referee stepped in to stop the fight in the sixth with Tapia defenceless and out on his feet.

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