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Shaw wants Perez-Darchinyan winner to step in front of Agbeko

Steve Cofield
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Poor Joseph Agbeko. The guy trains for weeks to prep for one of the bigger fights of his career then collapses at the airport days before the match. He's out this weekend against Abner Mares.

Both Gary Shaw and Richard Schaefer haven't shed many tears. In fact, the promoters said Agbeko better get in there with  Mares sooner than later, or his fight against the Mexican should go bye-bye according to the L.A. Times:

Mares' promoter Richard Schaefer said he is willing to postpone the bout 45 days, and promoter Gary Shaw said he would petition for Agbeko to be stripped of his International Boxing Federation title if he is not able to fight in 60 days.

"I'm speaking as a promoter here: If Agbeko cannot fight in a timely fashion and defend his title, I will personally petition the IBF to let the winner of this fight for the title against Mares," Shaw said. "Abner should have the right to get that title and nobody should have to wait an inordinate amount of time."

There's nothing mysterious behind Shaw's motivation to expedite a Mares' tilt for the winner. He promotes both Vic Darchinyan and Yohnny Perez.

After a delayed flight from New York, Agbeko collapsed on Wednesday at LAX.  The airport incident followed a sciatic nerve attack on Monday.

Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT) will still feature Darchinyan and Perez in the main event tomorrow night. Yahoo!'s Kevin Iole says the event was salvaged by good matchmaking.

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