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Sena Agbeko Outpoints Steen In ShoBox Main Event

Sena Agbeko Outpoints Steen In ShoBox Main Event

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Sena Agbeko Outpoints Steen In ShoBox Main Event

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Sena Agbeko Outpoints Steen In ShoBox Main Event

Super middleweight Sena Agbeko scored a mild upset over Isaiah Steen, winning a unanimous decision in their “ShoBox: The New Generation” main event on Showtime on Friday night at Bally’s in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Agbeko won 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94 in a slow-paced fight. Agbeko (27-2, 21 KOs), 30, a Ghana native fighting out of Nashville, won the first three rounds and the final two on all three scorecards, and earned credit from the judges for his aggression and power punching to carry him to the victory in a fight he took on two week’s notice. He held a 45-18 advantage in landed power shots, according to CompuBox statistics.

“My biggest worry coming in on the B side was that I was going to get robbed,” Agbeko said. “He was better than I expected, and my goal was to just stay loose and let my hands go.”

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After the fight, Agbeko called out Nashville native and former super middleweight titlist Caleb Plant.

“I want Caleb Plant! Caleb, let’s do it in Nashville. Let’s sell out Bridgestone Arena,” Agbeko shouted to the camera.
Steen (16-1, 12 KOs), 24, of Cleveland, was coming off a 15-month layoff, was upset by the scores. The former IBF world champ at 168 lb. Plant just defeated Anthony Dirrell by thunderous KO last Saturday night in Brooklyn, NY.

“The scoring was messed up, for real,” Steen said. “He wasn’t going to touch me. I was throwing more jabs, connecting and landing more shots. I don’t see what the judges saw, but I definitely won that fight. They were scoring his blocks. His big punches were blocks and weren’t landing. When they said 98-92 I thought that was my score. He wasn’t touching me.”

Also on the card:

Houston native Marquis Taylor (13-1-2, 1 KO), 28, outpointed Marlon Harrington (8-1, 7 KOs), 30, of Detroit, in the junior middleweight co-feature, winning 80-72, 79-73 and 79-73.

In the action-packed heavyweight opener, Moses Johnson (9-0-1, 7 KOs), 30, of Huntington, New York, won a majority decision over Elvis Garcia (12-1, 9 KOs), 32, of Mexico. Johnson won 77-75 twice and one judge had it 76-76.

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